Woman with Bell's Palsy Had a Solid Gold McKayla Maroney Halloween Costume

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 13, 2013

Photo Credit: Leslie Barrett Facebook

When life hands you temporary facial paralysis, make a hilarious Halloween costume. 

OK, so that isn't as catchy as making lemonade out of lemons, but it's exactly what one woman decided to do this past Halloween. 

While there is nothing all that topical about Halloween pics in the middle of November or the sight of an unimpressed McKayla Maroney, there is certainly something altogether awesome about this costume. 

You see, Leslie Barrett had Bell's palsy for Halloween, so she decided to use that fact to her advantage. Here she is via her Facebook post to Olympic gymnast, Maroney.

Photo Credit: Leslie Barrett Facebook

Barrett, whose image was also posted on Reddit, explains further, via Facebook.  

Two months ago I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, which means the right side of my face is temporarily paralyzed and I can only express emotion on my left. Last week at a party someone pointed out that I normally look like your "not impressed" face. I decided to incorporate my disability into my Halloween costume and dress up as you. This has hands down been the best costume I've ever had. It was the first time in months I got to look like I was intentionally making a face and it has helped me deal with the slow recovery a little better.

Chin up, Barrett, because there is a wealth of people whom once had Bell's Palsy, and they turned out just fine. George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan and yours truly come to mind. 

OK, it was the only shot of being mentioned in a sentence with those guys, and I took it, but I did have a wonderful month with this particular palsy back in my freshman year of college. 

Yes, one morning back in my younger years, half my face didn't work. Now having half your face paralyzed is jarring enough, but I had the added joy of stoner roommates asking, "Dude, what's wrong with your face?" 

Sorry to harsh your buzz guys, but it seems that half my face took the rest of the semester off

Really, the best part of the experience had to be going on a first date at the apex of the palsy. Here I am trying to make small talk and all I can do is blink out of one eye, so she thought I was constantly winking at her from the appetizers clear into dessert. 

Again, things hopefully get better with this palsy. For me, I would eventually lock that date down as my wife, and it only took a decade. 

I only wish there was a star athlete like Maroney around to make Bell's palsy more than an affliction that turns fine first dates into awkward debacles. 

Barrett, you just won Halloween. 


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