One day 14 years ago, I woke up to find that my face was paralysed. My mouth was touching my right ear. I could not speak or eat with any dignity. The doctors said I had Bell's palsy. They gave no clinical reasons why. I was a healthy 24-year-old girl. Never smoked and did not drink. Was super-healthy and exercised every day. I suffered two days of utmost misery. But by the third day I decided, "Enough". I was going to rise like a Phoenix.