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Taylor's Jaw Journey
6/27/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. To look at the cover photo of Taylor, taken just a little over 1 year ago at her college graduation, you would never have guessed she is about to undergo Orthognathic (double jaw) surgery. It started years ago, but we were unaware until a year ago when she moved back home after college. We knew she'd suffered from headaches off and on and has had some digestive issues, but then she started complaining of jaw pain while chewing. After several trips to dentists, orthodontists and finally an oral surgeon, they discovered her jaws were out of alignment and causing her issues. So the first step in treatment was braces. I couldn't believe our beautiful girl with such straight looking teeth needed braces! Unfortunately, the doctors warned Taylor that her bite was about to get worse before it got better. Oh were they right! In July of 2016 braces were put on. It didn't take long at all to see what we thought were straight teeth begin to move into their proper position. This was very exciting to watch these teeth truly straightening out. Taylor, however was less than thrilled. As her teeth corrected, it made the jaw misalignment very obvious. She slowly, but progressively found chewing more difficult. After a year in braces and less than 3 weeks until surgery, she has all but had to give up eating meats, many fruits and vegetables and anything chewy. She has 2 front teeth that touch; no other teeth make contact. So on July 13 Taylor will undergo double jaw repositioning surgery. She will be at Lake Norman Hospital for 1-3 days, under the care of her wonderful surgeon, Dr Tony Johnson. Please join us in praying for Taylor to have a completely successful surgery with no complications. Please keep Dr Johnson and her orthodontist, Dr Hill in your prayers, as they work closely together in the next two weeks. Pray for their health and protection, for wisdom, lots of rest and peace and very steady hands. Join us in praising God for allowing our insurance company to cover this much needed surgery. Praising him also for caring for Taylor through this very uncomfortable and frustrating time. Finally, please pray for a textbook recovery with little pain for our girl. She begins a whole new chapter of her life just 7-8 weeks after surgery. She's been accepted to South College's PA program and will move to Knoxville TN. Thank you all so much for your prayers; we know they're being heard and that God has a beautiful plan in place for Taylor. We're trusting in Him!