Four Years: Outdoors

Part 4

May 1st, 2011This was taken May 1st, 2011. The status of everything is still steady with the last photo except for some reason my bottom lip is uneven in this one. I would guess it’s due to swelling from sleeping on my side. The hair is also getting a bit crazy.

Around this time is when I felt confident enough to leave the apartment without drooling everywhere. Or trying to answer awkward questions about my looking like I had been run over.

My mom and I first visited the Foster Botanical Gardens in downtown Honolulu. Established in 1853 the site boasts one of the most well known orchid collections in the world.

We also went to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in what is known in Hawaii as the Punchbowl. Dedicated in 1949 it serves as the resting place for 34,000 United States military veterans and their dependents.


  1. Thank you for posting your story. You are the first person that I have found during all my research who is having the same surgery that I am having. Most people only have upper or lower jaw done. Like you I had extensive crowding of my teeth and have been going thru orthodontics for the past 1 1/2 years. My surgery is scheduled for August 10, 2013. I am anxious to get the surgery behind me as I’m sure you can relate to. It has been a long journey just to get to this point. I only wish I had your youth on my side as I’m 50 yrs. old and going thru this. Still not sure as to why no one (Dentists or otherwise) ever said anything about correcting how crooked and messed up my teeth and jaw was. Now I am dealing with Degenerative Jaw Disease as a result. It feels good to know that others, like yourself, have shared tips that will help with the healing process. Once again, thank you for posting your story. Its refreshing to not feel so alone in this journey. ; )

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