Take a good look at this face. While it may appear as though I was being silly, I was not. I asked my sister, Amy to snap a photo to capture what I thought was my hideous appearance, which taught me a big lesson in humility.
Half my face was paralyzed by a viral infection known as Bell's palsy. Doctors told me it likely traveled into my ear and the swelling of a canal that runs just below the ear cuts communication between the brain and facial nerves. It almost always affects just one side of the face.