Day 110

I get people coming up to me all.the.time. saying 'Something looks different about you...' or 'I didn't recognize you until I heard your voice!' and I then have to explain the whole process of having surgery. It is crazy to me that 3+ months post-op, I am still going through exactly what I had done. I feel like I have told the same story hundreds of times, from months pre-op, to months post-op. It is so odd to me how many people can't quite figure out who I am. I am sure there is so much gossiping (not in a hurtful way) about my changes in appearance in my sorority house. I have had many girls come up to me and say 'I didn't know who you were, and I turned to so-and-so and asked them 'who is that blonde girl?'. I did my best to tell a majority of my chapter about the surgery, but most of them didn't realize there would be changes in my face. I really have confused a lot of people.

Day 110. I can't believe it has been 1/3 of a year already. It sounds completely impossible. I remember every moment from surgery day and each day for weeks afterwards. I certainly still think about surgery a lot, as I am still dealing with braces, elastics, and people having trouble recognizing me.

My sister had a genioplasty yesterday. If you look back on the post I did on her wedding you can see she has a very little chin that looks recessed, although there are no issues with her jaw and her bite is right on. She opted to have a genioplasty after YEARS of being so self-conscious of her profile and the way her chin looked. I know that jaw surgery is not a cosmetic procedure, but there are many of us who have opted to have a genioplasty, which IS cosmetic, to get what we feel are the best results, and I am so happy she is able to get the same thing for herself. We got mistaken for twins countless times before I had surgery, but since the surgery I know we didn't look as similar. WELL, now she is my little twin again :) Our chins look so much more similar! Yay! I love that we look alike, it makes me happy.

Do you ever have moments where you love life even more than normal? I am in one of those places right now. I am so happy with where I am at, how the surgery turned out, the way I look and feel, and where my life is going. In the last few weeks, I have made a group of friends that I can see being life long. I have had so much fun even in the first week of classes, I got an internship (YAY!) and although I don't have a job after graduation, I do have a place to live in California, which is where I have wanted to move to foreverrr. My friends are beginning to move away, but now I have so many places to visit :) I realize this isn't really jaw related, but I am a happy girl and needed to share with you!

I went pigeon hunting yesterday (my life is weird) and a friend snapped this when I wasn't paying attention. I like sharing these pictures because everyone can make themselves look a certain way when posing for pictures, but this is what I look like in my normal life (minus the ridiculous ponytail and camo gear)


3 comments:

  • Braced Blogger | September 11, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    you look great Dani! I'm so happy for you that you're in such a good place right now!! How much more schooling do you have left before you move? That's awesome you're moving out there! It's beautiful :-)

  • rebeccaann | September 11, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Hi Dani,

    OMG I am in tears as I came across your blog... I am also 21 and from Minnesota- small world!

    I am just beside myself in frustration and self-pity. I had braces in middle school and it took 3 years to get them off. My bite wasn't aligned perfectly but my ortho at the time didn't recommend surgery (I know now I should've gotten a second opinion). Even though I wore my retainer every night, gradually my teeth started to shift and my open bite became very pronounced by junior year. I went to a different ortho, and right away he recommended jaw surgery. With EXTREME saddness had to get braces a 2nd time starting my senior year of HS and had the surgery that July. Imagine then, I started my freshman year of college post-op, braced and a little swollen. I felt so alone and didn't look like myself at all.

    I was so relieved when I got my braces off, vowing to never have to deal with all that again and feeling so elated and happy with the results. BUT after two and a half years my bite is opening again and they are talking about another surgery. Apparently open bites are prone to relapse and I might not be fully done growing?

    ANYWAY, so sorry this is long but I was just feeling so down about it and when I came across this blog it just made me feel better to know someone else my age is going through it. Jaw surgery is so much more than people realize- I feel like some years were taken away and I'm sure you do too... but you look so awesome and it is reassuring to know one day when I'm ready again that I can overcome it and everything will be ok. Thanks for your blog and I would love to keep in contact!

  • Dani | September 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Tara- I am done in December, only 3 months away! I won't be moving until the end of January though... I am taking trips to both NYC and TX beforehand!

    Rebecca- how weird! What part of MN do you live in, if you don't mind me asking? I am so bummed to hear that your bite is opening up again. I do completely know how you feel having to go through everything during college years... it can be rough! Feel free to contact me via facebook if you'd like! My link is www.facebook.com/DaniAnderson

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