Norm Coleman has Bell’s Palsy, a paralysis of the cranial nerve that affects the muscles in the face, according to the inaugural story by BringMeTheNews.com, former KARE anchor Rick Kupchella’s just-launched news site. In a video posted Thursday night, Coleman – his face visibly affected by the nerve condition – says he first noticed symptoms during a Sept. 2 flight from Washington, D.C., to Minneapolis. He noticed the paralysis in the left side of his face while drinking water, when he says he “realized something was dribbling out of one side and not the other.”
He tells Kupchella that the nerve paralysis won’t affect his future plans and should disappear within two to eight weeks.
“It puts a lot of things in perspective – my smile is a part of me. I love to smile, and to all of sudden – part of your face isn’t working as it used to – the good news is it will.”
He joked about two-faced politicians: “I’m one of them.”
Kupchella’s new enterprise officially launches Sept. 13.
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