A World War II veteran shares the story of the harrowing six months he spent in German prison camps and his eventual triumphant return to the United States.
On October 25, 1944, a fierce battle raged between the United States and Japan off the coast of Samar. Six decades after his supposed death, some people still believe Adolf Hitler didn't die in Germany.
According to some estimates, Ross has lost AT LEAST 100 pounds!Back in May, Ross spoke with Tim Westwood about how previous health scares made him change his diet and start working out.“The most I used to do for exercise was stand up to count the money. I'm 18 years old.When I was born there were only about 100 known cases of Moebius Syndrome in the world.
At just 18 years old, Hjalmar Johansson went on his first WWII mission as a nose gunner in a B-24 bomber. After developing a V2 ballistic missile capable of reaching as far a New York, Hitler made nuclear development his highest priority. Patton's soldiers proudly fight from the deserts of North Africa to the hills of Sicily and the villages of France and Germany.
Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. On December 3, 1942, the first atomic pile went critical, and maintained a self-contained nuclear chain reaction. Do you go through an endless cycle of counting calories and watching everything you put into your mouth but nothing ever seems to work?
Finally I was able to go home, but I had problems feeding and lost a lot of weight, so I had to go back into hospital.A When I was about nine months old I had two operations to correct my crossed eyes. This was key in the development of an atomic bomb; however, the Manhattan Project was far from reaching its goals. Shout out to all the pear [eaters].”Ross also revealed that he eats the way he wants to eat (yes, that means lemon pepper wangs!) … but to stay in shape, he does cross fit, which he calls “Ross Fit,” and it appears to be paying off so far.We see you Rozay!!!
After being stymied by diets that required special foods or special preparation, she finally found a way that was easy and relatively painless. In May 1943, the A4 missile was successfully demonstrated, making Hitler's highest priority nuclear development. Because nerve agents like tabun and sarin were unreliable, nuclear weapons were the best alternative. What's even better is that she could eat cheeseburgers and french fries or whatever else she liked while doing it. It upset me greatly, as I couldn't understand why people made fun of me and made me feel so different. Primary school is meant to be fun, but for me, school was associated with insults, teasing, crying, and my parents' obvious inability to understand - how could they, neither of them have Moebius.A When I was seven years old, I had my third operation, the first attempt of doctors to correct my non-responsive mouth.
When the warhead landed, a cloud of dust would arise, spreading death over the area for weeks. It took nine hours for them to cut out a portion of the muscle in my left thigh and transplant it into my cheek. It was the first time I could use the left side of my mouth and my smile has so far been the greatest gift I have ever received.I had several operations later on to try and sculpt my lip.
How I Lost Weight And Still Ate The Foods I Loved-Without Dieting will show how you to lose weight by simply rearranging your eating habits. My speech grew worse, as I continued to find it hard to pronounce letters such as 'b' and 'p', even pronouncing my last name, 'Boffa', was difficult. It upset me greatly when people were not able to understand what I was saying, and it still does sometimes.A High school was a completely different experience. Even though there were the occasional taunts, I was able to adjust and relax.A When I was 14 I was diagnosed with clinical depression.
I felt like an outcast.A I began seeing a psychiatrist every couple of weeks and taking medication. My depression was hard to deal with but now that I have finished school and am starting university I think I have finally beaten it - my dosage has been largely reduced and I see my doctor less and less.A The last operation I had was just over two years ago. My left eye had been bothering me, it was unable to blink and was always getting infected through dust blowing into it.
Even though my eye still gets heavy and droops sometimes, anything beats having dust in it.A More surgery is a possibility, and my family encourage me to make my own decisions, but for the moment, I am happy and confident.


I have friends and family who love and support me, and a smile which, although crooked and bulky, I use every day.A Having Moebius has been both a challenge and a blessing.
I feel that through my condition I've been able to understand so much more and to appreciate the simple things.
I am proud to live with confidence and be comfortable with myself, cos hey, symmetry is really overrated, and who says a smile has to look 'perfect' or 'normal'. The doctors present didna€™t know what was wrong with me, and soon after I was born I was separated from my mother and transferred to another hospital for testing. My parents were young and I was their first child, and I can only imagine how hard it would be to go through a fairly uneventful pregnancy only to give birth to a child with undetected, unsuspected and undiagnosed problems.
I had difficulties feeding, and my parents told me that I lost a lot of weight as an infant.
A diagnosis of Moebius Syndrome finally came when I was about four months old.A About three-quarters of my face is paralysed. While I can move the right side of my face relatively easily, there are limitations in what I can do. I have a crooked smile, a deformed tongue and overlapping toes; problems drinking, eating and cleaning my teeth.
I have been told that in the future, my face may droop because muscles dona€™t work properly or well enough to hold up my features. But at the moment, these are minor difficulties or prospects that I can overcome and work with.A I had my first surgery (to correct my strabismus) when I was around nine months old.
I have worn glasses since I was about one year old, and the surgery helped to straighten my vision. I also wore patches until I was about five to correct my lazy eye.When I was seven, I had my first plastic reconstructive surgery, in which my surgeon transplanted a piece of the gracilis muscle from my left thigh into my left cheek. It was a major operation that took nine hours, and I was in hospital for about two weeks afterwards. I dona€™t remember very much about the surgery or the time afterwards, but I know it had a significant impact on my life. I could a€?smilea€?.A Since that operation, I have had several more revisional surgeries on my mouth and left eye. My speech has improved, as has my ability to eat and drink.A Around the time I had the last operation on my mouth, I also had a gold weight implanted in my left eyelid. My left eye is more affected by Moebius than my right, and could only close about three-quarters of the way. As a result it would get tired and Ia€™d have eye infections and conjunctivitis quite frequently. I recently needed to have the weight removed as it was causing me a few problems, and am currently resting my eyes and waiting to recover completely.A A Until I was thirteen, I had no real idea of why I had paralysis and why I couldna€™t do certain things. Ia€™m sure my parents told me about Moebius, but their understanding of it is not extensive. When I was little, I even thought that I was adopted and that my biological parents were people who looked exactly like me.
I was just different.A Much of the information I found on the Internet was very repetitive. Each site just gave the same list of the same symptoms, and I got tired of reading them over and over.
Yet even though the information was repetitive, I found myself with more knowledge of Moebius than Ia€™d ever had before. My interest only increased when in Year 9 I joyfully discovered that my schoola€™s Science textbook had a whole half page dedicated to Moebius Syndrome! My teacher asked me to speak to the class about Moebius, and I felt that in some small way I was really helping people to learn about and to understand facial palsy.A Once I started reading personal stories, I really wanted to write my own.
Even though I was young, I felt like I had the potential to help parents and people affected by Moebius. With my dada€™s help, I submitted stories to various support websites and had several published, and I got a few responses from people telling me how useful they found my experiences. These responses amazed me, as I was a bit doubtful of how much I could help others.A However, the most significant thing occurred in Year 8, when I was asked to present two speeches on my experiences a€“ one to the entire school, and one to the Year 12 class who would graduate before I spoke to the rest of the students. I was thirteen and very nervous, but even to this day I feel like it was one of the greatest opportunities Ia€™ve had to get Moebius and facial palsy out there.


Several of my fellow students sent me emails and letters telling me how much they appreciated my speeches and how much theya€™d learnt about tolerance and physical difference. They have such an ability to inspire audiences to think and to change, and I truly hope that my small speech was able to do that.A Each person has their own set of challenges. For much of my childhood and adolescence, I saw Moebius as something awful, something that I a€?suffered froma€?. I couldna€™t see that I am a€?livinga€? with Moebius, and that while it makes up a big part of who I am it does not define me.
For a while, I was only able to see the difficulties that Moebius Syndrome and facial palsy are accompanied by. When someone asked me what was a€?wronga€? with me or why I had Moebius, all I knew to say was that I was a€?born with ita€? a€“ I never thought to say anything about how I live with it. I was very sensitive, and not knowing much about Moebius didna€™t really help the situation. I let people get to me very easily, and for a long time I gave in to their insults and stares and saw myself as ugly and different. I couldna€™t see a€“ and maybe I didna€™t want to see a€“ that Moebius Syndrome is a blessing, not a curse.A I was brought up in a religious family, and ever since I can remember my parents have told me that God gave me Moebius Syndrome because He knew that I was strong enough to handle it.
Of course, I have asked a€?whya€?, but my questions have never turned into angry sentiments.
I put that down to my parentsa€™ influence, and in a way, not resenting God has helped me to grow in faith.A Moebius Syndrome is a blessing to me because I can see that it has given more than it has taken away. It has provided me with a deepened sense of empathy and understanding, with compassion, with the ability to listen, with the drive to help others and to respect peoplea€™s differences. Ia€™m not denying that there have been difficult times, but they are outweighed by the great beauty and gifts that Moebius can bring. I wanted to stop seeing myself as a victim or a sufferer, and I wanted to show others and show myself that I am not defined by my face.
I am not defined by peoplea€™s stares or insults.A Moebius Syndrome has given me the opportunity to connect with some of the worlda€™s most beautiful and compassionate souls. I went from knowing of no one else with Moebius to speaking with dozens of people over the internet affected by numerous types of facial palsy. You can only imagine my joy when I discovered that a Moebius Syndrome Foundation existed and that people with Moebius actually met at conferences. I was, for the first time, part of a community.A Prior to my diagnosis, my parents had been told that I would never be able to walk or talk.
These days, much more is known about facial palsy and about Moebius Syndrome, but misdiagnosis still occurs.
Last year, I went to a plastic reconstructive surgeon to discuss any potential for future surgery and revision. He seemed surprised when I told him I had Moebius, as hea€™d only heard of it as existing in its classic, bilateral form.
He raised the possibility that I may, in fact, not have Moebius after all.This doubt made me realise that there is a lot that is still unknown about Moebius Syndrome.
Right now, there are people living in disadvantaged countries or communities who do not have medical access or support. There are people who, right at this moment, are suffering because of the worlda€™s ignorance and intolerance.A I am proud to have facial palsy.
I am proud to have Moebius Syndrome and to be part of such a vibrant and lovely community, because I believe that my having Moebius was meant to be, that without it I would not be myself.A  I believe that in some way, however small or insignificant, I can create awareness and knowledge of something that does not deserve to be overlooked or ignored any longer. August 8 2015 Official 2015 Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day Page Our 2014-2015 Moebiuis Syndrome Family Holiday HeroesGallery 2 Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day 2015 Video Gallery Smiling with our Hearts upon the World!
It upset me greatly, as I couldn't understand why people made fun of me and made me feel so different.
I feel that through my condition I've been able to understand so much more and to appreciate the simple things.



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