One discussion I had with my hearing specialist on Monday was about my facial palsy, aged sixteen and a bit months.
I asked if it was Horners Syndrome rather than Bell’s Palsy. He was quick to discount my thoughts, highlighting that while Horners affects some lung cancer patients I don’t share the eye dilation issue that comes with it.
Then in an off-handed way he said that patients who’ve had facial palsy for more than six months are usually stuck with it. I don’t think he used the word “stuck” but there is probably no better was to describe the right side of my face.
It was a blunt statement. My own online reading had suggested it will just go away on its own. But there are definitely cases when people have had this curse for several years. I’d quite like to shake it off before the cancer gets me. I probably won’t. Another hard truth to deal with.