A teenager who had years of torment of bullies because she had a serious overbite, says she & # 39; loving life & # 39; after corrective operations.
Jodie Bowers, from Bedale, North Yorkshire, was 13 when doctors realized that her lower jaw was 11 mm further back than her upper jaw.
She had promised an operation but had to wait six years until she stopped growing before she got the green light.
During the painful guard she was bombarded with insulting messages and even attacked during a night out.
She had to call the police three times and had to start with antidepressants because the bullies made her life bad.
But now after going under the knife, 19 Jodie, surgery says her trust has changed.
Jodie Bowers, from Bedale, North Yorkshire, was 13 when doctors realized that her lower jaw was 11 mm further back than her upper jaw. She had to wait six years before she was ready for an operation. The nineteen-year-old is depicted for left and right
Jodie Bowers is in the picture when he returns to the hospital after an operation where the jaw is again aligned
During the painful guard she was bombarded with insulting messages and even attacked during a night out
Bullies flooded the teenager with messages and shared edited photos of her
She said: & # 39; I was counting down the days until my surgery. I now feel absolutely incredible. I just love life.
& # 39; Life is so much better, I'm going out more and I like to speak for myself.
The most important thing is that I take photos from my side, which I had never done before. Now I just can not wait to get out of there and live my life. & # 39;
Recently surgeons at the James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough split her jaw apart before putting each piece in a new position.
Although initially unable to see the results due to swelling and bruising, Jodie first burst her mirror image in tears of joy.
The 19-year-old enjoys her new smile and can not wait to eat her Christmas dinner without cutting it into small pieces – as before.
Jodie got an operation promised at 13 but had to wait six years until she stopped growing before she got the green light (see hereafter immediately in the hospital)
Although she initially could not see the results because of swelling and bruising, when Jodie first saw her reflection, she burst into tears of joy
She said: & # 39; I was about 13 years old when my dentist noticed something was wrong.
She referred me to the hospital where I had a lot of X-rays and they came to the conclusion that surgery was the best option.
& # 39; But you have to wait until you stop developing, so I had to wait until I was older.
I never thought I was beautiful and it did not matter what someone said, I just felt awful. & # 39;
Jodie, from Bedale, North Yorkshire, spent her teenage years with low self-esteem and forbade her friends to photograph her sideways, because it showed her profile.
She said: "My mouth was very busy, so I had taken out six teeth and it made me snore.
I always had to eat everything with a knife and fork, even pizza, because I had to make it very small.
& # 39; But much was about mental suffering. It caused me to have very bad social anxiety.
I used to have a lot of panic attacks and I thought it was terrible to be the center of attention. & # 39;
Recovery: Jodie Bowers is shown with large bruises on her face as a result of the operation
She admits that it prevented her from settling there and that she was reluctant to speak in public.
She said: & # 39; I was very lucky that I went to a small school and everyone supported me.
& # 39; I think I was very lucky that I had that because other people were not so understanding.
She said: & # 39; Life is so much better, I go more and I like to speak for myself. & # 39;
& # 39; When I was about 16 years old, I was added to a group chat on Facebook and it was just full of guys who were fooling me.
They exchanged photos of me and joked about how I look. And one of them added me so that I could see it.
"I have involved the police and they must apologize to me, but I have blocked them since then.
When things like that happened, did I sit there and think about how someone could do something like that to someone else?
& # 39; Another time I went to Darlington one night and a girl waved at me.
& # 39; We were in the toilets and she made a vicious remark about my jaw, so I burst into tears.
"Then she started to get very angry and tried to hit me, so I had to get the bouncers to escort her while she was crazy about it.
& # 39; And from day to day you noticed that people were staring or that I took comments that I made.
& # 39; If I look back now, I could not really handle it. Something like that would let me go home and cry.
& # 39; I got medication and that wasted my life. The first thing everyone saw of me was my chin.
& # 39; My father and mother were so helpful and did not hesitate to involve the police. & # 39;
Sam Cheatle, head of welfare services at Changing Faces, a charity that campaigns for people with facial malformations, said that negative comments often occurred.
She said: & Having a visible difference in a society where such pressure exists to view a particular way can be extremely difficult.
& # 39; Changing Faces provides counseling, support networks and skin camouflage services for anyone with a condition that affects the appearance of their face or body.
The people we support often tell us about their experiences of isolation, fear and negative attitudes of others, such as staring and painful comments. & # 39;