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Feb 22, 2024

In this week’s episode, Brain & Life Podcast host Dr. Katy Peters and playwright Sarah Ruhl discuss her Bell’s Palsy diagnosis (Idiopathic seventh nerve palsy) and the book she wrote about her experience, Smile: The Story of a Face. Sarah discusses the onset of her symptoms after giving birth to twins, how this diagnosis has affected her work life, and the importance of asking for help. Then, neurologist Dr. Gary Gronseth joins Dr. Peters to discuss just what Bell’s Palsy is, what the risk factors are, and reminds listeners that with a diagnosis also comes with lots of hope for the future.


Additional Resources

Smile: The Story of a Face by Sarah Ruhl

Playwright Sarah Ruhl on Losing the Ability to Smile Due to Bell's Palsy

What Doctors Know About Bell's Palsy

Bouncing Back from Bell’s Palsy


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Guests: Sarah Ruhl @sarah_ruhl_

Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD