Hi! My first episode of Bell's was in 1996 and I have had 2 more episodes after that. I no longer have a perfect smile, one eye is smaller than the other and the worst thing is that I lost all feelings in my face. My neurologist told me that I would have a 70% chance of getting 70% of my facial functions back. I have talked to many doctors since the beginning and all have told me that further surgery to correct my problems could cause further damage. I try to exercise my face as much as possible. Heat and the sun helps me a lot. I also try to handle my stress better to avoid another episode. Over the years I have learned to deal with my imperfect face and get on with my life. I have someone who loves me and sees beyond the not so perfect smile or the smaller eye that I see everyday and that is what keeps me going day in and day out.