Being diagnosed with Bell’s palsy may make you feel as though you are all alone in the world. It does not affect a vast number of people, not like the common flu might, and the symptoms are more pronounced and obvious than a simple little cough or sniffle. You may not have ever seen someone with Bell’s palsy previously.
However, there are a number of people who are affected and go on to live incredibly normal, or simply incredible, lives. There are even a surprising number of famous people who have been affected by Bell’s palsy.
Many people find comfort in knowing there is someone that they look up to or admire who has overcome a condition such as Bell’s palsy, which is why it can help to know that it affects not just “regular” folks, but celebrities as well. Here is a short list of some of the most well-known celebrities:
Pierce Brosnan – Irish actor who portrayed James Bond
George Clooney – best known for his role in ER
Alexis Denisof – played Wesley in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
David Frum – Canadian-American pundit
Jane Greer – from Columbo: Troubled Waters
Terrence Howard – most recently in Iron Man
Katie Holmes – best known for Dawson’s Creek
Ralph Nader – politician
Rick Savage – bassist for Def Leppard
Jamey Sheridan – from Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Many of these celebrities have kept fairly quiet about their bouts with Bell’s palsy, but the do still stand as a testament to the fact that it is possible to recover from this condition and to go on and live a normal life. If you seek immediate treatment for your condition and get yourself on a good treatment plan on which you follow through, it is possible to regain much of your normal life more quickly than you might have expected. Bell’s palsy is a condition – it does not have to be or define who you are entirely.