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Joel Embiid opens up on his battle with Bell’s Palsy- “I’m not a quitter”

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis that has affected him since before the play-in tournament. Despite the challenges, Embiid remains resilient and determined to keep pushing forward.

Embiid first noticed symptoms of Bell’s palsy about a “day or two” before the Sixers played the Miami Heat on April 17 in the play-in tournament. He experienced blurred vision, dry eyes, and weakness on the left side of his face. Despite these difficulties, he managed to contribute 23 points and 15 rebounds in the win that sent the Sixers to the playoffs.

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In a postgame interview, Embiid revealed that he had been wearing sunglasses throughout the series to hide his symptoms. His performance in Game 3 was nothing short of remarkable: he scored 50 points, made 19 of 21 free throws, and hit five 3-pointers. However, behind the scenes, he was dealing with the challenges posed by Bell’s palsy.

Joel Embiid refuses to surrender

Embiid’s resilience shines through as he refuses to let the condition define him. “Yes, it’s pretty annoying,” he said. “My left side of my face, my mouth, and my eye. It’s been tough. But I’m not a quitter. I’m going to keep fighting through anything. It’s unfortunate, that’s the way I look at it. But it’s not an excuse. I’ve got to keep pushing.”

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Joel Embiid acknowledges that there is no fixed timeline for recovery from Bell’s palsy. “It hasn’t really necessarily gotten better,” he explained. “With the conversations that I’ve had, it could be weeks, it could be months. I just hope that it stays like this. I’ve got a beautiful face. I don’t like when my mouth is looking the other way. Unfortunate situation but everything happens for a reason.”

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Despite the challenges, Embiid’s determination and positive mindset continue to inspire. As the Sixers face the New York Knicks in the playoffs, he remains focused on contributing to his team’s success.

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Arko Bhattacharyya
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Arko Bhattacharyya is a content writer for swen entertainment and sports. This political science graduate is a huge sports fan . He uses his experience and passion to provide unique insight into all. Arko Bhattacharyya is a content writer combat based and us sports . Besides being a Us sports buff , he is also a massive football and cricket fan . Apart from his professional exploits as a content writer , he likes to travel and explore.
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