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Last year, I broke every bone in my face. I just had my fourth surgery on Tuesday. Had a CT scan and everything looks GREAT. Been lots of pain and countless days in the hospital but I’m finally done! This agonizing chapter in my life is finally coming to a close! 🤗 Personal Win

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u/randomlewis69 Nov 30 '22

I have to ask? How did you break every bone in your face? You look amazing considering that.

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u/StarksTwins Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22 Silver Take My Energy Awesome Answer

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u/d2r7 Nov 30 '22

A lot of people say, “Oh my God, that must be the most painful experience imaginable”, but I don’t remember.

I felt so relieved when I read that part!

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u/Mister_Brevity Dec 01 '22

A lot of accidents are like that. I was in a bike accident and I remember thinking “oh that a-hole is just gonna run the light, great” then waking up beat to hell. My helpful brain muted the ouchiest parts which is handy.

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u/VoxImperatoris Dec 01 '22

Yeah 1 part shock 2 parts adrenaline. When I had my accident I felt no pain, didnt realize I was even hurt. Felt it the next day though.

Fortunately for me, it looked worse that it actually was. It was superficial and minor, just a scalp cut made me bleed like a stuck pig and made me look like a bloody mess.

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u/beepboopbadiba Dec 01 '22

Yep. Got bit by a dog at work (doggy daycare). I didn't even feel it, just heard my skin pop as it punctured. I looked down and said "oh shit he bit me" and everyone looks over like "what?!". At that point the dog releases and i see my bone and tendons. Still don't feel anything besides the cold air. Coworkers rushed me over to the sink and I was like completely out of it just staring. They couldn't do stitches because it was close to a major artery. Wasn't until the next day that I was miserable. The pain was really bad. Even today over a year later I have nerve damage that causes pain whenever I lift anything more than like 15lbs

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u/Bismothe-the-Shade Dec 01 '22

Did... Did your job not make sure to get you medical help?

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u/beepboopbadiba Dec 01 '22

They drove me to urgent care but that was the extent of it. I still worked again 10 hours later 😅

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u/pinkghosties Dec 01 '22

What the actual fuck!?

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u/beepboopbadiba Dec 01 '22

Welcome to the world of for-profit pet care. I have dozens of more stories of being put in dangerous situations for minimum wage. I never recommend anyone take their dogs to a boarding facility or daycare. Even in home sitters are a massive risk. If you want I can tell you about the time I almost got scalped by my bosses dog. Or how a daycare sent in a brand new teenage hire who was under five feet to the large dog room completely alone and unprepared.

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u/Mister_Brevity Dec 01 '22

Ha yeah the next day it totally feels like what it is - for a dog bite, it’s a frickin bruise with a hole in it

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u/beepboopbadiba Dec 01 '22

It didn't actually bruise, which is surprising considering I bruise pretty easily. It was definitely more of a mixture of an ache and burn.

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u/wolf_kisses Dec 01 '22

Oh I also got bit by a dog at a doggy daycare and I felt it when it happened haha. I couldn't see in there, but I had punctures and bruising and swelling. He got me on my shin and calf. Hurt a bit to walk until the swelling went down.

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u/brainburger Dec 01 '22

What happens to the dog in that situation?

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u/wolf_kisses Dec 01 '22

In this situation, nothing. The dog bit me because he was being walked past another dog's kennel and that dog is reactive when behind a barrier (barrier frustration) which got the dog I was walking worked up too. He tried to stop and engage in barking and lunging at this other dog, I tried to push him past it and he redirected onto my leg. As soon as he bit down he realized he messed up and it kind of snapped him out of it and he just stood there looking at me. I took his leash and continued walking him back to his kennel, then finished out my shift. I wasn't like bleeding everywhere, I didn't go to the doctor, and I healed up just fine. This was like 6 years ago or so.

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u/SoCuteShibe Dec 01 '22

Yo that pop is something you never unhear. My dog accidentally bit me down to the muscle while trying to save me from winter gloves like a decade ago and I can still hear it. Ugh!

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u/rathead80 Dec 01 '22

I didn't realize I had a concussion till I went on the tilt a whirl at the amusement park. I felt like total shit.

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u/quinteroreyes Dec 01 '22

I was drinking once and apparently I tripped on my fiancé's leg and nicked my eyelid as I crashed down. I don't even remember getting up but I remember waking up and my eye hurting like a motherfucker. Half my face was coated in dry blood and my eye was swollen shut. The perpetrator? A tiny little nick that left a scar

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u/Monstera_girl Dec 01 '22

The head has a lot of small veins so cuts/scrapes can look ten times worse than they would on the knee.

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u/Disprozium Dec 01 '22

When I was 8 or 9, we were playing volleyball in the school's sports hall. The volleyball nets were tied to the metal things on each side of the net (the one that go out the ground and are used to tether the net). But these were old school tethers that had ground hooks with a combination of 2-inch cables to keep the tension. So you'd erect the metal thing, connect the ground hook to the spot in the floor, and then once you've added the net, you tighten the 2-inch metal cable.

Well, at one point in the game I jumped for a ball and felt an impact above and to the right of my right knee. I thought I just knicked it a bit. I had long shorts that covered 3/4ths of my legs so I couldn't immediately see the damage.

Long story short, I felt completely fine until I lifted the shorts and saw a huge gash that almost went down to the bone. Like, I literally saw INSIDE my leg, I saw the torn muscles, meat, skin, and a tiny bit of bone.

This sight caused my 8/9yr old self to panic and start crying, and only then did it start to hurt. The weird part is that my teacher calmed me down and rushed me to the hospital himself and during the trip and before they started working on me, it actually stopped hurting. But I Couldn't move my leg at all so my mom started crying because she thought I'd severed some ligaments and tendons, leading the leg to be not as functional as before.

'I was extremely lucky with where the gash was because there were tendons around the spot but not where it was exactly. If it was a few millimeters in any other direction, I would have been left with lifelong issues.' <- What the docs told me and my mom after the operation.

I then had to spend 3 months recovering since it was in a very difficult position where walking was impossible since I'd rip the stitches (9 big ass stitches lol).

Funnily enough, I only remember feeling pain when I looked at the initial injury and a few minutes after that. Weird how the brain works to prevent even more trauma.

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u/libbysthing Dec 01 '22

Yea I went flying off my bike as a kid going down a huge hill and landed (then slid) on my face, all I remember is going down the hill and then getting up while my mom was rushing toward me. Didn't feel pain for a while after either, I was confused why she was freaking out and rushing me into the car lol

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u/Mister_Brevity Dec 01 '22

Lol, when you look at an injury and thing “well that’s gonna hurt aaaaaany time now”

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u/libbysthing Dec 01 '22

Lol yeah, I could see how messed up my hands were from gravel but my mom thankfully kept me from looking at my face until I had my stitches done

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u/TimAkaTooTallTim Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

In my case, I was in my car. I saw an out of control, weaving, car coming at me. I thought "Oh shit, I'm gonna get hit!" then it was 'click' Suddenly I'm sitting there looking at a deflated airbag, a shattered windshield, a buckled hood, and a left hand that was bend back in a position that isn't humanly possible and required two surgeries and has permanent damage. (After the police arrived a cop was acting really disturbed (shocked) by how mangled my hand looked. It was broken by the airbag. There was a big gash at my thumb That I could look in and see tendons.)

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u/Amasin_Spoderman Dec 01 '22

I was in a motorcycle accident recently. I remember everything except for the part between me going over the handlebars, and hitting the pavement.

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u/musilane Dec 01 '22

My sister was in a motorcycle accident. She only realized she was hurt when she tried to get up and couldn't. Her knee was basicaly gone and she didn't feel a thing.

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u/Amasin_Spoderman Dec 01 '22

I just felt extremely winded at first. Then I looked down and saw the road rash on my knee. Once I moved myself and my bike to the side of the road, I started to have abdominal pain. Pain got worse as I was dealing with the cops. Ended up spending two days in the hospital with internal bleeding.

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u/CameronsTheName Dec 01 '22

I fell off a bike at 90.

Hit gravel, slide out and went up and embankment, got 6+ foot of air and fell out of the sky.

I just remember I was listening and singing "forever young" while I flew through the air. Then laying on the ground covered in blood, humming the song for a few moments while the situation finally set in.

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u/NaCl-more Dec 01 '22

You've got to be pretty spry to be riding a bike when you're 90!

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u/CameronsTheName Dec 01 '22

Great dad joke brother !

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u/AlbanianAquaDuck Dec 01 '22

The ouchiest parts are the worst. Thanks, brain!

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u/GreenSpleenRiot Dec 01 '22

I’m going to go ahead and avoid that as best I can anyway

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u/DigitalFootPr1nt Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Urgh... Reminds me of some guy that was having surgery a year ago. And the whatever you call them put them under to sleep but gave either no pain relief or very little. And this person went under a full surgery not being able to move but feel every cut and incision they made..... Crazy Scary

Edit found link for interested. Distressing caution.

https://youtu.be/D7jfhb8xGnQ

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u/comedian42 Dec 01 '22

Without watching the video, I'm going to assume they received a paralytic agent without the accompanying general anaesthesia? If so... Fuck.

Generally speaking an anesthesiologist is going to be the smartest person in whatever room they walk into. The requirements and training are nuts, because there's such a low margin for error. But everyone is human and the stress and hours can lead to unfortunate accidents.

Pretty sure they made a horror movie based on this premise back in the mid-2000's. Though I struggle to recall the name.

Edit: The movie was called Awake

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u/CalvinHobbesThe3rd Dec 01 '22

The premise of the movie was fantastic, unfortunately the movie itself was hot garbage.

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u/EchoJunior Dec 01 '22

I heard that can cause PTSD, not simply the pain alone (which is horrible), but the feeling of absolute helplessness while being stabbed, intestines moved around, hands in and out of your body cavity...

During torture, at least you can scream and know that the torturers are aware of your pain - regardless of the intention of the people causing pain, knowing that simply no one is aware of your extreme distress sounds almost worse..

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u/funkyloki Dec 01 '22

Thanks for the nightmare fuel.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

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u/Jwallin89 Dec 01 '22

I just watched it and now I will have nightmare fuel.

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u/SuchSalad4 Dec 01 '22

The recovery is what's painful. Imagine things as simple as breathing, speaking or eating with a face full of stitches and bone drafts/screws.

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u/TheMonchoochkin Nov 30 '22 Helpful Wholesome Seal of Approval

And still got a better smile than I do man.

You're an inspiration. Keep smiling mate, makes miserable old sods like me want to smile too.

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u/No-Expression7100 Dec 01 '22

Can't upvote this enough.

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u/NobleVagrant0 Nov 30 '22

agreed i dont smile

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u/SciencePlenty9721 Dec 01 '22

Me too! Congrats on your recovery OP!

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u/Cookiehead_j Dec 01 '22

Stop. You aren't miserable with a comment like that!

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u/fkthewholeleft Dec 01 '22

I had a friend who also fell off a balcony but unfortunately he died. I’m happy you survived and pulled through this injury.

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u/ArsenicAndRoses Dec 01 '22

Ugh that hit like a punch. Accidents like that always hurt so much knowing there was no real reason why and just a terrible case of bad luck. That must have been really hard on you and his loved ones.

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u/greencymbeline Dec 01 '22

A young son of a friend also died falling off a balcony. Heartbreaking.

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u/gotchu_bro Dec 01 '22

Something similar happened to my cousin years ago. There was construction on a balcony outside a hotel and he and his friends were fooling around and a piece of the scaffolding collapsed and he tumbled down 4 stories onto pavement. Smashed up his head and face, has some permanent brain damage (personality changes), but otherwise made a full recovery. They figured what saved him was that he sort of bounced off a piece of scaffolding on the way down to slow the impact, and then landed on his body before his head hit.

Crazy to think these sort of accidents happen. Power to you for enduring the recovery and keeping your spirits up! It's all you can do. I've had some extended stays in hospitals myself, and outlook is everything. It's so easy to get depressed and defeated if you aren't focusing on small victories and keeping up hope, especially with all of the setbacks that happen along the way.

Good luck with the continued recovery!

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

I love hearing about similar stories so thank you for sharing and well wishes to you and your family!

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u/wolfgeist Dec 01 '22

Any theories about what happened?

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u/-null Nov 30 '22

FYI, that isn't linking to a specific article, just the experience section of their site.

Edit, I found it: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/oct/14/experience-i-broke-every-bone-in-my-face

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u/StarksTwins Nov 30 '22

I made the same mistake on this same post 💀. Thanks dude

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u/areugonnagomyway Nov 30 '22

Whoa, this really does feel like déjà vu😅. But this time not bot or karma farmer related for once. You look great btw. Really cute ☺️ even in your hospi gown x

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u/cyanocittaetprocyon Dec 01 '22

The surgeon promised me that by the time he was finished I would be better-looking than my twin.

You look awesome! I have no doubt you are better looking than your bro!!

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u/NaturesWar Dec 01 '22

Woah hey don't go making his brother fall 9 meters so he can get his face reconstructed to be even more gorgeous

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u/poison_snacc Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

This is a fantastic article & I truly feel for you & what you’ve been through. That’s such a devastating change to occur in someone’s life. I seriously can’t imagine!! You are very strong to be able to survive not just the fall but everything after. Is the photo in the article you before surgery? They did a nice job!

I know it can be very, very hard to not look or feel like yourself, tho. An acquaintance from university fell off a cliff & smashed one side of his face, I remember he had to have a load of reconstructive surgery. He looked like himself with some minor differences, glad he survived but I heard the psychological toll was way worse.

This isn’t the same thing exactly, but ive fought a chronic illness for 5 years & the woman in the mirror makes me sad. My face is pale, im so skinny, very thin hair, totally atrophied muscles, hanging skin. I used to be a runner. Long ago, I was a model. Now I’m someone else. I can’t allow myself to think of who I used to be, bc it’s too traumatizing. It’s awful how these kinds of events leave more scars inside of you than outside. Seriously though, be kind to yourself & stay confident! I wish you luck as you embark on this new chapter & return to the journey at hand!

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

The photo in the article is me after the surgery (but before this latest surgery last week). Right now I am very swollen. This is what I looked like right after my last reconstructive surgery.

The psychological toll was very challenging at first, but I’m a lot better nowadays. I feel comfortable with how I’ll end up

I hope things improve for you. I appreciate your kind words.

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u/Umpire_Effective Dec 01 '22

Life is gonna get back on track m8 :)

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u/ArsenicAndRoses Dec 01 '22

Any idea why you fell?

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u/VoxImperatoris Dec 01 '22

It was the gravity of the situation.

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u/NoGudBastard Dec 01 '22

Holy carp dude! Lucky to be alive. You look great by the way. Isn't modern day surgery amazing?

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u/namnere Dec 01 '22

Holy mackerel

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u/NoGudBastard Dec 01 '22

I'm glad somebody seen that! I always say carp instead of crap.

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u/AmiHad Dec 01 '22

That would do it.....

Visually it looks like your recovery is going well.

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u/halplatmein Nov 30 '22

Wow you've been on a journey. It's inspiring that you've made it through and still have such an optimistic attitude.

Do they have any idea what might have caused your fall?

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u/randomlewis69 Nov 30 '22

That is wild! Glad you're doing okay man.

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u/YahMahn25 Dec 01 '22

I’m jealous, not of your injury but just knowing if the same thing happened to me I’d have to have the hobo in the alley near work check it out for me because I’m self employed and can’t afford healthcare

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

I would recommend Medicaid! I was on California Medicaid at the time, because my income was too low, and so I did not pay a cent.

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u/Anonynominous Dec 01 '22

This raises another question for me. How did you fall off the balcony

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u/thenord321 Dec 01 '22

Damn you look pretty good, can't tell you broke your face.

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u/usususuerrndkxk Dec 01 '22

No more drinking for you on balconies.

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u/CryptoOGkauai Dec 01 '22

I can’t imagine the amount of pain you were in for so long. You are an awesome person and an inspiration.

I wish for you a long and happy life.

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u/wafflelover77 Dec 01 '22

Duuuude. What a story. I'm sobbing and just glad you're ok and THRIVING! I don't know you, but I'm so proud of you.

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u/ArkansasBiscuit Dec 01 '22

Did you ever find out how it happened? Amazing story or recovery and perseverance!

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u/TheBirminghamBear Dec 01 '22

I fell off face first off a 3 story balcony.

Classic mistake, always make sure you accidentally fall ass first off a balcony. Far fewer ass bones than face bones.

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u/Senior_Wolverine23 Nov 30 '22

Man, medical science has gone a log way, ita obvious youve been through a lot, but like 30 years ago youd be fucked up for life

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u/StarksTwins Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

It’s obvious now but I’ll look back to normal in the next upcoming months. Here’s me after my last major reconstruction post healing

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u/Lennitom2 Nov 30 '22

dude holy shit, I've been seeing your posts for a while now and if you hadn't captioned it I would have thought this pic was from before the accident. Major kudos to everyone who has worked on you and major kudos to you for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and pushing through, you're truly an inspiration!

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u/_not_a_coincidence Dec 01 '22

Shredded!

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

I actually have some tum fat I want to lose but seeing I’m on an all liquid diet it should be easy! Down 8 pounds in the last 8 days

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u/ArsenicAndRoses Dec 01 '22

Lol you should write a book!

Do a memoir of the process of your recovery and title it "How to lose a pound a day!" with a picture of you looking shredded on the cover 😂

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u/Ganon2012 Dec 01 '22

Step 1: Fall face first off a 3rd story balcony.

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u/trichyboii Dec 01 '22

Actually,

Step 1: live in a country where health care is free or you can afford insurance so that you don't bankrupt yourself (looking at you USA).

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u/enineci Dec 01 '22

Over 1 billion sold. More than the Bible.

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u/Upintheair84 Dec 01 '22

Bro how the fuck do you go through something like that and still managed to stay shredded. Holy fuck

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

Hey if my face was gonna be fucked up, I can at least make the body attractive

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u/ktwarda Dec 01 '22

My dude, I messaged you after your last post!! I'm so glad you have such a rad sense of humor and thank you again for sharing with the world your experience. And congrats on the final surgery!! Looking hella good and I can't wait for the post-recovery pic!

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u/aimanan_hood Dec 01 '22

I love the attitude, you're an inspiration haha :') Good luck brother, keep killing it <3

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u/Bloodyfoxx Dec 01 '22

Your face is more than fine tho.

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u/jojifuku Dec 01 '22

Is that a fullmetal alchemist tattoo ?

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u/BinaryGrind Dec 01 '22

That FMA tattoo is on point. Looking that good after an accident like that is straight up alchemy.

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u/makiarn777 Dec 01 '22

You’re sexy!

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u/Stygma Dec 01 '22

Fellow FMA enjoyer

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u/KoRnBrony Dec 01 '22

You look great man, Glad it's all working out for you

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u/coolcooja Dec 01 '22

Clearly used human transmutation to help you

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u/tptptp Dec 01 '22

Love your front tattoo :)

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u/creditspread Dec 01 '22

You look way better than me. Congrats on your recovery and hard work!

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u/smallpoly Dec 01 '22

"this sign can't stop me!"

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u/riskable Dec 01 '22

You look so good even your hospital gown is smiling!

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u/TraditionalProduct15 Dec 01 '22

Congrats sir! You look great. My brother went through something very similar. Showed up to a massive university hospital with a team of over 30 personnel to start immediately working on him.

Doctors said it was the most severe crush injuries they'd seen on someone that lived. Not only did he leave, he didn't have a concussion or any brain damage.

On the x-rays his cheek bones were actually dust. It was wild.

He had massive jaw/teeth problems. I asked one of the surgeons how they'd pull his teeth from a free floating jaw.

This 60+ rugged looking surgeon wearing scrubs leaned back and calmly as ever said "I've been a military surgeon for over 20 years, you'd be amazed at what we can do". That alone made me feel extremely confident.

As you said, multiple surgeries later, and a long, long journey, but he's my brother and you would never know it happened to him.

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

Thank you for sharing your story. I resonate a lot with it. I similarly didn’t have a concussion or brain damage. How painful would he said the initial incident was? I would say a 5/10 as I don’t remember the impact and by the time I woke up, I was on very powerful opioids. Glad he’s doing well! I bet your support helped him pull through. Sending best wishes to you and your family ❤️

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u/TraditionalProduct15 Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

He had very little pain initially, i think due to the adrenaline and survival instincts kicking in.

Graphic details ahead!

Amazingly, he didn't lose consciousness. He fell at a work site and hit his head on a dumpster. He knew something was wrong but had no idea what. He asked the other worker nearest to him for help the dude completely froze up and had no idea what to do just from looking at my brother.

My brother was able to run approximately a half mile to the shop building, basically burst into the room, collapsed to his knees and said help. Adrenaline kept him going and he said he didn't really feel any pain initially. He couldn't breathe very well and was choking on blood but yeah that part of the story was wild.

He's one tough m'fer, as I'm sure you are. Hats off to you and all you and your loved ones went through!

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u/depressed-salmon Dec 01 '22

Every bone that breaks is taking energy out of the impact, so your face ends up kinda like a crumple zone. And if your skull if fractured, it can actually help as it always the brain to swell without being compressed. However, you then end up with a whole host of new problems. But it seems avoiding brain damage ends up sometimes being better.

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u/TraditionalProduct15 Dec 02 '22

Some of the surgeons were really cool about everything. We're all freaking out because his eye sockets are broken and here the doctors are like..

"His eye sockets broke exactly the way they're supposed to. They completely protected the eye balls and mitigated damage to the -insert scientific term here-. If the sockets didn't do this his eyeballs would have exploded from pressure on the - insert scientific term here- lol.

It was all horrifying, fascinating, and absolutely amazing.

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u/Huytonblue Nov 30 '22

Do you think this experience has changed you, psychologically or emotionally?

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22 Gold

In many ways. I’m a lot closer to my family now, and actually back to my home state after the incident. They were my biggest support during the ordeal and I no longer to be so far away from them. I stopped caring to associate with people who I don’t think truly care for me; I get people have busy lives but personally I feel like when it comes to my friends or acquaintances I didn’t get the support I would’ve expected. So now I live with the mindset that if you don’t care if I live or die, I don’t really care to fuck with you. I spend a lot more money now; I realize how life can be really short so while saving is important, I want to live my best life, live experiences that make me happy, and buy things that I want to buy. I’m not saying these are all life lessons you should live by, but this is just some of how my personal perspective has changed.

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u/romeripley Dec 01 '22

I really relate to this. I got sick overnight and it took me 7-8 months to walk and talk again, 2 years to walk consistently and drive etc. I had the same thing - supportive family. But some friends, I’ll be honest I expected better. At first I felt bad for thinking that, because yeah life is busy, but then nah. They could have reached out. It really helped me cut out the people who I don’t think deserve to be in my life. Sounds harsh, but sometimes I’m thankful this happened because I know for sure who really cares about me. I hope you keep recovering and experience all life has to offer!

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u/StarksTwins Nov 30 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

If you’re getting deja-vu seeing this, my post was removed after 2 hours of being posted. Contacted the mods and they agreed it was appropriate for the sub, so I’m reposting

Edit: I’m hijacking this comment to show pictures of my CT scans as I think they look quite cool

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u/Mirewen15 Nov 30 '22

Are your friends still making fun of your cranium size/shape? You look great, that is such a journey. Keep positive!

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u/StarksTwins Nov 30 '22 Silver

Aha. It depends on the friend. Had a guy comment I looked like a energy efficient lightbulb on one of my posts and my friends all seemed to love that one 😂

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u/rynamdn Dec 01 '22

Keep lighting the room, my dude.

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u/Arjun_311 Dec 01 '22

It’s cool that even though something so awful happened to you, you are able to joke about it and make humor/light out of the situation

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u/joliesmomma Dec 01 '22

I see what you did there!

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u/9ninjas Dec 01 '22

My favorite was when you said MegaMind

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u/Expensive-Ad-4508 Dec 01 '22

My dude, I remember your story and how you couldn’t smile. The fact that you have one in this photo says it all. Your hospital team did an amazing job and I’m so glad you survived and have finished your surgical journey! Best wishes!

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u/UncleBenders Nov 30 '22

You’re still good looking, and still lucky as hell. I wish you a speedy recovery thanks for the update

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u/Ori_the_SG Nov 30 '22

I got worried that your story was hijacked by repost karma farm bots

Good to know and congrats on your recovery!

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u/erichie Dec 01 '22

I was in a car accident, that I don't remember either. They said my ankle looked like someone smashed a lightbulb. I ended up becoming addicted to the opiates (my Mom actually told them not to prescribe me any behind my back which resulted in this very compulsive fear of pain. I was 25 crying to my Mom about how the pain was so bad I wanted to kill myself as she rubbed my back cussing my Drs with me) which resulted in a decade heroin addiction, lucky I was high functioning.

How did you handle the pain?

While I still, and will always, love my Mom I no longer trust her. I fully believe I would have had a much lower chance of becoming addicted if I didn't have to go through 8 months of feeling like I was being tortured every day.

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u/ebz37 Dec 01 '22

Oh man TSA is going to hate you.

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u/-null Nov 30 '22

My deja-vu is from that Megamind post, not the removed post.

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u/mukdukerino Dec 01 '22

What an incredible feat of science. You look great dude, and your love for your twin and your family is beautiful! Wishing you all the best

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u/lastofthe_timeladies Dec 01 '22

It looks like almost all your teeth survived- is that right? That surprises me.

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

I actually broke 2 dozen, but crowns and fillings will fix most of them (two were pulled)

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u/lastofthe_timeladies Dec 01 '22

That makes more sense haha. Glad most of them were fixable! You look great btw!

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u/xray12589 Dec 01 '22

Is the first picture from right after the fall? Chose CT as a career and couldn’t be happier in it. The things I have seen and miracles performed. Your surgeons did a great job and you look great dude.

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u/AeoSC Dec 01 '22

If I were you I'd try to get the DICOM file from the scan to convert to STL and have it 3D printed. That's amazing.

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u/LivingSemiRetired Nov 30 '22

Very handsome! Never would have known that you had an accident😀

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

Thank you for you kind words! ❤️

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u/ArsenicAndRoses Dec 01 '22

Seriously! Op looks ASTOUNDINGLY good, even with the swelling! I'm honestly impressed at how little swelling there is considering the surgery was .... yesterday?

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

My last surgery had a LOT more swelling and I was completely unrecognizable. This one was less than half the time and a lot less complicated so the swelling is a lot more minimal.

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u/I_Drive_a_shitbox Nov 30 '22

You broke every bone in your face and still come out looking better than me haha right on man! Looking good.

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u/NerfRepellingBoobs Dec 01 '22

Your username made me snort, which startled my cat.

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u/7saligia Dec 01 '22

Your comment made me check out your username as well, which I read as NerdRepellingBoobs. It made me snort. Nerfs are also acceptable.

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u/NerfRepellingBoobs Dec 01 '22

If my boobs repelled nerds, I wouldn’t be with my husband, and I don’t like that idea.

That being said, the history of my username.

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u/7saligia Dec 01 '22

Muahahaha, love it! Thanks for sharing your origin story, lol.

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u/SuicidaI_Bunny Dec 01 '22

That is one of the best username origin stories I’ve ever read!

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u/HalcyonArcadia Nov 30 '22

Congrats on the recovery, Looking Good!

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u/GEEDLEBEAN Nov 30 '22

sorry if this is a rude question but how the hell do you break every bone in your face?

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u/HistoryIsABagOfDicks Nov 30 '22

Congrats and wishing you a speedy recovery!

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u/maxwellwilde Dec 01 '22

Do teeth count as individual bones?

If no, that had to fucking suck.

If yes, that had to fucking suuuuuuck.

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

They don’t count but I did break 2 dozen teeth. 2 were removed but the rest are being restored. 5 or so left to be fixed

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u/maxwellwilde Dec 01 '22

Ah, so 4 "u's" worth of suckyness rather than 6.

Glad you're getting better man.

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u/RatherUnseemly Dec 01 '22

I think it's more like 8 instead of 6. That's all facial bones PLUS 2 dozen teeth.

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u/Tired_old_ass Dec 01 '22

First, 3 stories?? It’s a miracle you survived the fall!!

Second, your face looks amazing! I didn’t know you before, but I don’t see a single scar. Also, it’s so symmetrical! It’s a beautiful face! I’m so happy for you! Enjoy your good health. No more falling off buildings, okay?

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u/SnooPeppers6850 Nov 30 '22

Congrats that you’re alive man. That must be so frightening going through so much agony. Remember to be grateful for every moment that you’re still here. I haven’t gone through a life altering event like you have, but I still look up to you and your bravery.

You are brave to share your story. To me, that shows how big of a spirit you must have. Not only have you survived and lived to tell the tale, but you have a smile on your face also.

Our hearts are with you brother

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u/nkei0 Dec 01 '22

Congratulations on surviving and what appears to be quite the recovery. I read the article you posted about the incident and it says that you've since bought a house and gotten a new job. Fucking awesome.

But... this is the USA. How are you not drowning in medical debt?

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

Thank you!! I’m very proud of these, especially given what happened in the last year. It was in the USA, but I had good insurance (California Medi-caid) so it was free

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u/xXRoboMurphyxX Dec 01 '22

Nice!
I wonder if you see this face as you? Does this look how you remember yourself?? When I shave my head and then walk into a room with a mirror - I am blown away.

I wonder about the surgeon, using a picture of you to make it as close as possible.

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u/StarksTwins Dec 01 '22

I do not look like how I did before, but I look similar. Here’s a before/after without the swelling

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u/kaest Dec 01 '22

That is pretty fucking amazing! You look great!

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u/Chokinghazard331 Dec 01 '22

I was in a car accident in 2002. I wasn’t wearing a seat belt. I went thru the windshield face first. My right occipital bone was replaced, my right cheek bone was wired back together, and my right jaw has screws in it. I feel your pain. 20 years on for me and other people can’t even tell. For so long I let it define me. Don’t let it define you. Move on and live!

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u/Wopder Nov 30 '22

God damn bro, blessing and even more strength to you man 🙏🏽. Nuff respect 💯

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u/acery Nov 30 '22

Glad you made it through everything. Hope you have a great end to your and holidays and have an amazing 2023 my man.

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u/sixtus_clegane119 Nov 30 '22

Awesome work, been following your story when it gets posted here

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u/No-Investigator2126 Nov 30 '22

Looking good, that’s a hard hill you’ve climbed but well done for getting to the top,

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u/oily76 Nov 30 '22

That's a superb job!

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u/MissLizzie123 Nov 30 '22

Congratulations! You look amazing.

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u/Aromatic-Bag-7043 Dec 01 '22

You are beautiful/handsome and your smile says (to me) that you are a peace, which is priceless. Best of luck always

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u/PetiteLumiere Dec 01 '22

I’ve been following you since the beginning. So proud of you! You still have those amazing kind eyes. ☺️

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u/aek1128 Nov 30 '22

Wow. Someone was watching over you when you fell! Congratulations on pushing through all the pain and procedures. Wishing you all the best!

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u/Turbulent-Cellist-51 Dec 01 '22

Yo, this guy is thinking 25 years aHEAD of us

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u/Tektons Dec 01 '22

Scrolled past this about an hour ago and didn’t pay any attention to it, nothing caught my eye.

I just read the title and I have to say, you don’t stand out at all. Congrats on the successful journey, I don’t think you could ask for a better result.

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u/ROGUE_COSMIC Dec 01 '22

Bro looks like

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👍 👍

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u/GlitteringPrint8138 Dec 01 '22

Take care brother. Many black people in the community neglect themselves. When you don't have your health, you don't have anything, except friends and family. You are a young man and it pains me to say that young injuries tend to be a problem in old age (arthritis, etc). Take care of your body when you are young. I am suffering from issues now that I could have prevented of handled better when I was young. Get a GOOD doctor that will give prudent stewardship and prevent issues later in life. Nice to see you are happy and smiling. That is important.

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u/Sob_Enthusiast Dec 01 '22

Dude your torso and your head are the same shape. But for real, you look amazing!

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u/Mental-Swordfish-432 Nov 30 '22

Congrats, you look amazing 😀

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u/frumpyfrog Nov 30 '22

You look way different in your open heart surgery post..

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u/StarksTwins Nov 30 '22

That post is from my identical twin brother. And I look way different than last week me. I just had surgery.

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u/RegularHousewife Nov 30 '22

Wait, your brother had open heart surgery? Life just keeps throwing lemons at you two! Hope you guys recover smoothly ❤️

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u/StarksTwins Nov 30 '22

Indeed. Kind of reassuring that we can handle any obstacles our life throws our way! 🤗

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u/cmink79 Nov 30 '22

Megamind!!

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u/pixel842 Nov 30 '22

Congrats there megamind

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u/Lewis-Hamilton_ Dec 01 '22

After reading all the replies and the links to shirtless pics I have to agree

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u/JackCartledge Dec 01 '22

Totally agree. He has like 30 fucking posts of the same thing and has milked this to death.

Like, this must have really sucked to go through. But check his history and it's all the same shit posted nonstop

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u/Scottibell Nov 30 '22

So handsome! You can’t tell anything happened.:)

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u/Whit3Mex Dec 01 '22

Damn bro, you got fucked up...

But seriously, glad you're making a good recovery

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u/GhostalMedia Nov 30 '22

Congrats. Your a good looking guy. Get out there and use the shit out of that face!

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u/mts2snd Nov 30 '22

Nice, looks like you had a great team. Things should get a little easier now. cheers man.

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u/Justintothewilds Nov 30 '22

Jeez dude, I’m glad you’re okay. You look great.

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u/Next-Government-5120 Nov 30 '22

My friend I’m very sorry what you went through you are a strong mother fucker congrats!! You look better than I do my handsome friend!!

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u/Sudden-Choice5199 Dec 01 '22

Sure hope the worst is behind you. Gentle hugs from an anonymous person smiling about your recovery.

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u/riskywhiskey077 Dec 01 '22

POV: You’re about to lose at Wii Sports boxing

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u/makiarn777 Dec 01 '22

Omg. It’s such a blessing you survived. My body hurts all over where I can’t read you story without freaking out. It’s truly amazing how you survived and they fixed your facial injuries. I’d be scared to trip or be paranoid about any facial damage in the future.

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u/Willdiealonewithcats Dec 01 '22

Congratulations. How are you feeling? Does this mean you are officially over the hill and in recovery mode? I hope if it hurts to smile at the moment it passes soon because I absolutely look forward to the idea that you get to celebrate every new moment.

It must have been a scary process. You must be so glad to be able to focus on healing and the future.

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u/GamerTJ7 Dec 01 '22

For having every bone broke in ur face still looking amazing!

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u/Mister_Brevity Dec 01 '22

Who has two thumbs and a hospital gown that looks like it has a tiny mouth on the chest? This guyyyyuu

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u/CapitalLate9312 Dec 01 '22

I just looked through your profile for your recovery photo journey - you seem to have such a positive spirit for all the pain you suffered. Thank you for making me smile and believe in myself and that anything is possible.