As per a few requests, IAmA 21 year old female who was bottled at the age of 16. Resulting in 70 stitches, half of my face paralyzed and diagnosed with PTSD. Ask me anything. Possibly NSFW (Gore Pictures).
Apparently I need to add this at the top. the pictures right below this ARE NOT ME. I AM A FEMALE in the pictures that are lower down near the bottom of the description. haha, all I'm saying is this males post inspired me to post my story on Reddit. (only clarifying because people are accusing me of domestic violence and things completely unrelated to the situation).
I got more responses than I anticipated when I commented about my accident in this thread. http://i.imgur.com/LGpzQ.jpg . http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/10h61q/humble_apartment_tenant_drunk_girl_who_doesnt_go/ Our incidents were so similar I decided to share my story.
My pictures are below. If anyone has questions I would gladly take the time to answer. But I will give some background to the accident first. As little as possible so there is still room for questions :)
In 2008, I got into a fight at a party on May long weekend. I started the fight (I have never denied this nor will I) because I found out my boyfriend at the time was cheating on me with a girl. Being 16 and all I aimed my anger towards the girl. I hit her once, next thing I knew I felt a powerful smash against my nose and then a hot sensation all over my body. I looked down and there was blood pouring out of my throat. That sensation and image will stay with me forever. I later found out that she had told people that night that she planned on bottling me. (I should have clued in since she doesn't drink and was carrying two half empty cooler bottles with her). To anyone saying I deserved what I got (in advance because there are always trolls), I would have deserved to get punched in the face a few time, not my throat slit, being pronounced dead, and everything I went through afterwards. Basically I got 70 stitches, my facial nerves were cut so I was left paralyzed on the left half of my face. I had to quit sports for a year due to the increased possibility of having a stroke. I also got my throat slit by the bottle which nicked my jugular and was the cause of most blood loss. It would have been fatal had the cut gone even 1/2 cm farther or deeper. And I have recently (about a year now) been diagnosed with PTSD. I am attending counselling sessions and I can confirm that if ANYONE is nervous or considering going to a counsellor- DO IT. It DOES help, talking to someone you trust is the best thing to do in any situation.
If you guys have any questions about the situation/questions about PTSD/ my facial paralysis or how to overcome a traumatic event feel free to ask :) This is the first time I have ever opened up about this so openly, but as nerve racking as it is... I know my counsellor will be thrilled, as its taking a step closer to recovery.
Attached below is an album to start to finish. Thanks in advance for taking the time to look through it! If it can help anyone or make a difference, than I am glad to share.
Again this album is me, not the one above- possibly NSFW, as there is blood and an open cut (Gore). http://imgur.com/a/Yrgfy
Edit: Ok Guys, I was NOT expecting this to get this much attention- Let me say thank you a million times! I have been replying for 6 hours now and I'm going to take a small break. You have no idea how much every comment means to me, and I will take the time to go through them all and reply. I'm sorry if its not soon but you WILL hear back from me :) (unless its negative then you will hear nothing). Your support and kind words mean the world to me, and I am extremely happy I did this AMA because I can tell it is helping me by sharing my story. I have always been so quiet about it but opening up for the first time to people everywhere really feels great. One more thing- if you take away one thing from this please let it be to never risk being in a fight. it may not seem like anything at the time but you have no idea how quickly your life can change. In a second everything you know can be flipped around because of one bad choice. You never know how someone else will react so it is NOT worth it. Thanks again guys!!
Edit 2: So I didn't take a break the first time, Im still so overwhelmed with how much attention this got. I couldn't leave my computer because I want to reply to everyone! (And I will). But its been almost 9 hours now and my head is starting to hurt from staring at a screen constantly. I am off to bed for the night! If you haven't heard from me tonight, you will soon!
Final edit: I am not claiming- oh boo hoo look at me I'm a victim give me sympathy. I want to make the intentions of this post clear. From this post I am trying to get people aware of two things. 1- fighting is not ok, I want everyone to be aware that one tiny decision can change your life drastically. Next time anyone sees a fight about to start I do hope you remember this. Not even once. (same with drinking and driving!!) 2- counselling does help. Or even talking to someone. I didn't believe it at first and I truly believed I could help myself. My first experience was so bad it scared me off for two years. I found someone I could trust and confide in who offered me help and its changed my perspective so much. So if you're on the fence, I suggest go!!
Again, thanks for everyone who took the time To read this, all of your advice and comments have meant a ton to me! I can tell already this was yet another step towards my recovery and I'm happy I decided to share. I have a few new perspectives and I am grateful for that, I even wore my hair up today. I am going to try embracing both my scar and my smile much more now that I've read so much positive and meaningful feedback :)
I thank you all!!