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Oral and Maxillofacial Case: Alexa´s Treatment

I have known so many wonderful people on my journey and each has left a part of themselves in my heart. I've learned to appreciate the value of every moment in life and try to be conscious of it while living it to the fullest with the people I love and choices I have made.

My passion in life is travel....it's been the one constant that has pulled my soul and always left me wanting more. I've crossed the pacific more times than I can count and had the fortune of living in Australia in 2007. I feel blessed to be surrounded by people I love, even if they are physically far away.

On October 8, 2008, I went to Costa Rica for a life-changing surgery. After experiencing almost constant migraine headaches for 6 years(caused from neck tension due to jaws over working to swallow - I could not close my mouth without pain), I had double-jaw reconstruction Lefort1 w/6mm impaction(upper jaw), Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy(lower jaw), genioplasty(to slide my chin to meet my newly-positioned jaw), turbinectomies and a partial septoplasty (of my nose in order to fix a badly deviated and blocked septum).

Not only do I now have a normal functioning jaw and am able to breathe through my nose for the first time in my life.... but I have an entirely new face. Everywhere below my eyes is completely different. It's very strange getting used to the new girl in the mirror. People who I've known for years have walked right past me and not recognized me. The good news is that my headaches are gone! I feel very blessed.