Saturday, August 4, 2012

Where to even start? Some of my story:)

Okay, so hi! I'm Katie... just so you know:) and uh i have no clue where to start! let me just first say that i have absolutely NO experience with writing something like this. (i actually don't like writing all that much) but anyways here goes nothing!

most recent picture (in braces)

I figured that having this blog would help me keep my sanity through this all :P
i am 15 and am about to start my junior year of high school:)

****i want to apologize ahead of time for my poor grammar (due to laziness). oh and my long rants!****

To start, I will be having jaw surgery on both my top and bottom jaw. i have an overbite. (my bottom jaw is under grown (wayyy too small))..... fun stuff right there (not!)

my "history" (best word i could think of...)

Let's see, i noticed some of my jaw issues originally during my 8th grade year. I would wake up some mornings and my jaw would be locked shut so that i could barely open it. not fun! with that came headaches and pain through the joint of my jaw. After we met with a jaw doctor we realized i grind my teeth a lot at night causing the discomfort. so, he fitted me with a Mago, which is almost like a retainer. I would wear it at night and it would protect my teeth from the grinding and allow my jaw muscles to relax and show where my true bite was. it helped a ton:)

Now fast forward to the winter/spring of my freshman year! All through this i suffered from minor headaches from my jaw every day. THEN my jaw doctor and orthodontist told me that eventually i was going to need jaw surgery. I couldn't even comprehend it. AT ALL. I had barely ever heard of people undergoing something like that. and i had NO clue that i would ever need it. that was a stressful day:(

Then, my orthodontist said he would only start my orthodontic treatment (braces) if we agreed to have surgery down the road. So, after talking with my parents about the "pros and cons" we decided to go with braces leading up to double jaw surgery. ahh....

A little over a year ago (June 15 2011) I got my braces on! both top and bottom. after, we found and met with my surgeon discussing surgery options.

right after i got braces!

we were hoping for surgery this summer (2012), but that obviously hasn't worked out. haha. :( but seriously. ugh. after i was told that i needed jaw surgery i wanted it SOON. a year and a half later... nothing. boo. so hmm! i have met with my surgeon every so often since last year. I had a CT scan recently that showed that my condyle bone in my jaw is degenerating... so i am currently on medicine to stabilize that..

sooooo... if you survived reading all of that SUPER interesting stuff... congrats! ahh its sooo weird writing all of this down in one spot!! I'll put photos and now/future stuff in another post..

I automatically love anyone who decided to read this.
- Katie:)


  1. I read it all! You're a member of my blog and I decided to come read your story :) I had an overbite too, and I just had surgery 3 months ago. The results will be fabulous. I promise. You should post a picture of your profile! I was kind of embarrased to at first, but then I did anyway. All your audience will be jaw surgery people, so they know exactly what you're going through and won't judge. You look really pretty though, in the two pics you have up! But yeah, if you have any questions and stuff leave a comment on my blog :)


    1. aw thank you!! especially for writing to me:) ill probably put some profile pictures up when everything calms down soon! i read through your blog and it was great to be able to follow your journey, so thank you for that:) it helped. a lot. if i have any questions ill be sure to comment on yours. i hope everything is going really well with you now:)

  2. Katie,
    Sounds like you have some pretty intense issues with your jaw. I feel so bad for you. I just had jaw surgery done for my overbite/gummy smile, solely based on cosmetic reasons. I've always been self-conscious of my smile. Anyways, check out my blog if you want more info on everything.

    1. aw, it's alright, I'm used to everything by now. and thank you!! I'll definitely read through your page. I hope all is going well with you and your post surgery journey. It seems like it takes a lot to stay positive through it all:) Good luck with everything and thanks again for reading!