I underwent double jaw surgery (mandibular advancement and maxillary impaction) and chin (genioplasty) on the 28th March 2013. In simple terms, my top jaw was moved upwards, my bottom jaw was moved forwards and I was given a chin.
I’ve decided to try out blogging so that my friends and family can check out my progress, and so that people undergoing the same or similar treatment have truthful opinions of the ups and downs from somebody who has experienced jaw surgery first hand! It’s also a good way for me to look back and remember this journey in years to come. I know speaking from own experience, as my surgery grew closer and I started to worry, I trailed other peoples blogs and websites for advice and helpful tips that will get me through, to tell me what would be happening to me, to tell me what to expect and most importantly, to tell me that I was going to be ok!
Surgery, in honesty, was nothing like I expected, and I can truthfully say that I wasn't prepared for it. Only 2-weeks post-op, the restricted movement of my mouth and lack of decent food is a challenge in itself, without the battle of brushing, sleeping and just daily life ontop of that. The fears and worries that I experience everyday is something that nobody can prepare you for, but there is comfort when you know there is a whole community of people who have undergone similar things - telling you that everything you're feeling and everything you're experiencing is normal.
So here is my journey...