On the Mend: Realities and remedies of Bell's palsy

An acute case of Bell's palsy could very well be one of the scariest events a person will ever live through. It is a nerve disorder that affects the muscles.

At the age of 39, it was his first bout with Bell's palsy. Four more bouts would strike that same side of his face in the next 15 years. Bell's palsy involves “a malfunction or injury to the facial nerve,” which controls the movement of the face,

By Bob Birge Dave Balfore, who overcame Bell's palsy and then leukemia to return to playing competitive sports at Berlin High School, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Bob Casey Courage Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance.

An acute case of Bell's palsy could very well be one of the scariest events a person will ever live through. It is a nerve disorder that affects the muscles of the face and eye — first with an onset of pain and progressing toward complete or