Unique Smiles: The Facial Paralysis Podcast
Episode 16: Zoe Cross (Moebius Syndrome)

Episode 16: Zoe Cross (Moebius Syndrome)

April 28, 2020

In Episode 16, we talk to Zoe Cross who has facial paralysis as a result of Moebius Syndrome. We discuss growing up with Moebius, the mindset to achieve a great life, dating and having her first kiss in her 40's, and advice for people with facial paralysis. We would love to hear your feedback. 

 

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Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/  

Episode 15: Christina Robert (Ramsay Hunt Syndrome)

Episode 15: Christina Robert (Ramsay Hunt Syndrome)

February 10, 2020

In Episode 15, we talk to Christina Robert who has facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. We discuss the onset of RHS, the confusion around diagnosis, recovery, and advice for people with facial paralysis. We would love to hear your feedback.

 

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Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/ 

Episode 14: Steve Kenny (Car Accident)

Episode 14: Steve Kenny (Car Accident)

January 27, 2020

In Episode 14, we talk to Steve Kenny who has facial paralysis as a result of a car accident. We discuss his accident and subsequent stroke, the emotional and physical challenges, how it affected his marriage, surgeries, how he found acceptance with facial paralysis, and advice he has for people with facial paralysis. We would love to hear your feedback.

 

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http://facialparalysisfoundation.org/  and    https://www.risephysicaltherapy.com/

 

Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/ 

 
 
Episode 13: Elizabeth Robinson (Ramsay Hunt Syndrome)

Episode 13: Elizabeth Robinson (Ramsay Hunt Syndrome)

January 13, 2020

In Episode 13, we talk to Elizabeth Robinson who has facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. We discuss what is Ramsay Hunt, the emotional and physical struggles that come with it, social situations, her surprising talent she discovered as a result of it, and the creation of her facial paralysis support group on Facebook. We would love to hear your feedback.

 

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A big THANK YOU to our sponsors:

http://facialparalysisfoundation.org/  and    https://www.risephysicaltherapy.com/

 

Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/ 

Episode 12: Steven Maldonado (Moebius Syndrome)

Episode 12: Steven Maldonado (Moebius Syndrome)

January 7, 2020

In Episode 12, we talk to Steven Maldonado who was born with facial paralysis as a result of Moebius Syndrome. We discuss what is Moebius, growing up with a facial difference, bullying, social situations and dating, and finding acceptance. We also discuss Steven's involvement with the Moebius Syndrome Foundation, and some upcoming events. 

 

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A big THANK YOU to our sponsors:

http://facialparalysisfoundation.org/  and    https://www.risephysicaltherapy.com/

 

Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/  

Episode 11: Georgia Kelley (Acoustic Neuroma)

Episode 11: Georgia Kelley (Acoustic Neuroma)

December 29, 2019

In this powerful Episode 11, we talk to Georgia Kelley about getting facial paralysis as a result of acoustic neuroma. We discuss her diagnosis, her brain surgery, and the emotional support she received from her four daughters. We also discuss Georgia's decision to pursue her life goals, including stand-up comedy. 

 

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Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/  

 
 
Episode 10: Jane Mateik (Nerve Trauma from Surgery)

Episode 10: Jane Mateik (Nerve Trauma from Surgery)

December 16, 2019

In Episode 10 we talk to Jane Mateik about getting facial paralysis as a result of surgery to remove a tumor the size of a peach. We discuss the lack of a diagnosis from her doctors, her 10-hour brain surgery, her facial reconstruction surgeries, and the emotional challenges that stem from facial paralysis. We also discuss the importance of mourning the loss of your previous self, finding a support group and having a good sense of humor.

 

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A big THANK YOU to our sponsors:

http://facialparalysisfoundation.org/  and    https://www.risephysicaltherapy.com/

 

Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/  

Episode 09: Michelle Mendoza and Charlie

Episode 09: Michelle Mendoza and Charlie

December 6, 2019

In Episode 9 we talk to Michelle Mendoza and her teenage son Charlie about getting facial paralysis as a result of surgery to remove a tumor when he was 8 years old. We discuss his misdiagnosis at age 4, his 10-hour surgery, his long recovery - including being in a coma, dealing with FP while going to school, and bullying. We also discuss how Charlie has overcome all of these things and is now a very active member at his school - including being the lead in a play, and singing in the talent show. Lastly, we end by discussing the new support group in Las Vegas they created for brain injury. 

 

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http://facialparalysisfoundation.org/  and    https://www.risephysicaltherapy.com/

 

Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/  

Episode 08: Faye Wachs (Part 2) - The Survey

Episode 08: Faye Wachs (Part 2) - The Survey

August 12, 2018

Episode 8 is the second half of our conversation with Dr. Faye Wachs. We discuss the results of her study of over 100 facial paralysis patients and get a more detailed description of what life is like for people with facial paralysis! This is a very informative episode, and while it's a bit longer, it's worth it!

If you would like to contact Dr. Wachs about being interviewed for future surveys, please contact her at flwachs@cpp.edu.

 

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Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/  

Episode 07: Faye Wachs (Part 1)

Episode 07: Faye Wachs (Part 1)

June 12, 2018

Episode 7 is the first half of our conversation with Faye Wachs about getting facial paralysis as a result of Bell's Palsy. We discuss her story and the misinformation that people often receive. We talk about the steps people should take and language they should use when looking for treatment. Faye discusses her surgeries, including the incredible Selective Neurolysis proceedure to combat synkinesis. Finally, we talk briefly about her study of over 100 facial paralysis patients and get a glimpse of what's to come in part 2! This is a very informative episode not to be missed!

 

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A big THANK YOU to our sponsors:

http://facialparalysisfoundation.org/  and    https://www.risephysicaltherapy.com/

 

Also, a big THANK YOU to Wes Hutchinson for allowing the use of his beautiful song, "Summer Love" for the podcast. You can check Wes' music at https://weshutchinson.com/  

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