McKayla Maroney Halloween costume is a perfect 10 for woman with Bell's Palsy

"I decided to incorporate my disability into my Halloween costume and dress up as you," said Leslie Barrett.
By Evan Bleier  |  Nov. 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A young woman suffering from Bell's Palsy was able to turn a negative into a positive by creating a Halloween costume honoring Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, or, more specifically, a certain face Maroney makes.

Leslie Barrett posted a photo of herself in costume on Maroney's Facebook page with a touching explanation that has since gone viral.

“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.”

After the note and the picture began to make the rounds on the Internet, Barrett got a ton of positive feedback about her costume. She had the following response:

“Thank you all so much for your positive thoughts and advice. I have been on antibiotics for months and have had no symptoms of Lyme since I began. I would also like everyone to know that since this picture blew up yesterday I have not stopped smiling and my face is actually beginning to work again.

If that doesn't show the power of positivity, I don't know what does. Once again, I appreciate all your thoughts more than you know. Shout out to whoever anonymously posted this on Reddit to begin with.”

Even though it somewhat mocks her, Maroney was able to embrace the positive side of the situation and retweeted several stories about the photo.

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