Yes, I look in the mirror every morning. And, yes, I know what I look like today. Yes, again, some of the change has to do with the normal aging process. However, I never really “looked” at myself as I did when I had two photos of me side-by-side.
- Face: The facial muscles have declined dramatically. Where I had temples twenty years ago, I now have indentations. My mouth and smile were once level. Now, the mouth droops and the smile looks like a lopsided sneer. My face’s shape is now linear … making me look much thinner than I am. My neck can only be described as … well … “pencil neck” stands out as a good description.
- Hands: The change in my hands is also very noticeable. The left hand is far worse than the right. Between the index finger and thumb is a large cavern of skin.
- Limbs: My arms and legs have lost almost all definition. They are now long, thin bones with flesh (and very little else) hanging on them.
- Torso: Everything just hangs on my chest, stomach and hips. I cannot find any muscle definition at all. My dress clothes use to be tailored and fit very well. Today, shirts and pants, whether dress or casual, hang on me.
This proves what I have been saying for some time. The benefit and curse of Kennedy’s Disease is that it is a slowly progressive disorder, but it never stops progressing.