Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Almost FOUR Years Post-Op: Now A College Grad & Future PharmD

I have no idea why I feel inclined to post again on this blog, but here I am.  It might be helpful for people to see how my face has changed since my last post a couple of years ago, because I believe it has.  I graduated from college with my Bachelor's degree last week and will be starting pharmacy school in August. CRAZY. It's easy to forget about the drama of the jaw surgery this far down the road, but every time I decide to look back on my old videos and posts, the emotions all come flooding back.  Four years ago, I was prepping for this life-changing surgery and about to start college with my jaws wired shut?!  I still can't wrap my mind around it now.  And in what seemed like the blink of an eye, I now have my degree and am prepping for another life-changing transition...this time into professional school.

So just as a reminder, here is how I looked before surgery (I'm on the right, sister Camdyn on the left):

And a few more cringeworthy old ones:

And here I am now!  Four years, jaw surgery, and the discovery of brow products can work wonders in a person's life:


Also here's an awkward picture of me from graduation. I'm saying, "Thank you," in response to his "Congratulations," so that's why I wasn't perfectly prepared for the photo. Oh well!  I'll get it right next time when I am at last Dr. Peyton... :)
Honestly the only thing on my mind at this point was, "DO. NOT. TRIP. ON. STAGE."

And another (courtesy of Camdyn):

Big shout-out to this incredible lady and all she has done for me over the past twenty-two years, especially concerning my braces and surgery.  Words in general are an understatement for the love I harbor for my amazing mother.

Looking back now, I regret deciding not to blog all throughout my four undergraduate years, because it seems like it would be so enjoyable to read through those posts now.  Here's to hoping I can get back to regular posting now that a new chapter is opening in my life.  Right now the main concern is figuring out where exactly I'm going to be living in less than a month and a half.  Apartment hunting is a NIGHTMARE...can I get an amen?!

Thank you again for reading, and I will always enjoy answering any questions you may have about jaw surgery, preparation, recovery, or heck even the pharmacy school application process!

Take care!


  1. As someone who just finally got their surgery date and is in the midst of this entire process, I can't even tell you how inspiring it is to see someone whose been through the entire thing already and looks absolutely beautiful in the end. Thanks a million for sharing your journey!

    1. Ahh congrats on scheduling your surgery! And thank you so much for the sweet words. I wish you all the best...believe me, you will not regret it once all is said and done. :)

    2. Thanks so much!! I'm super nervous about getting it right before college, like I won't be wired shut for college but it'll still be like 2 months after surgery and going to college with braces isn't something you typically want to imagine! How did you cope with that??

    3. You won't be the only one in braces, I promise! :) I know it's not the most flattering look for everyone, but just keep imagining the beautiful smile you will have in the end. Being wired shut for the first week or so of classes wasn't even that bad (crazily enough!)...I think everyone I met was extremely nice and accommodating about it, but I'm glad to hear you won't have to deal with that part. The braces period will fly by once the surgery is finished too. I'm very excited for you!

    4. I'm 10 days post-op and absolutely depressed... I knew it would be hard not eating and missing out on a lot of fun things but I didn't know it would be this hard... did you ever feel the same way? like its summer and my friends are taking vacations to like the beach and vermont and it really sucks having to decline each time and stay at home missing out on all the fun! its also the fourth of july and i don't even think i want to go out if i can't have a good time! like i feel fine, theres no pain at all, and I'm relatively comfortable, just still swollen... i'm sorry for ranting I'm just freaking out a little :( :( :(

    5. Hey Jessica! Sorry it took me a while to respond. Now that you're 20 days post-op you are feeling more optimistic. I remember those days though and it's certainly not easy. Keep your chin up and power through these next few weeks. The end result will be so worth the pain and discomfort, I promise!

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