Woman Who Had Nose Removed Has Different Noses For Each Occasion
Jayne Hardman, 49, from Redditch, Worcestershire, had to have her nose removed in November 2017 after developing a type of vasculitis, Wegener's granulomastosis. The rare disease rotted the flesh on her nose.
She contracted the disease in 2014 after being headbutted by her dog, a 14-stone Neapolitan mastiff, which caused her nose to swell. Later that year both nostrils collapsed and out of fear that the autoimmune disease would destroy more facial features, the doctors had no other choice to amputate her nose. She was left with a hole in her skull, but was finally given a magnetic nose in January 2017.
Jayne now has a whole collection of prosthetic noses, and even has a "drunk nose" to match her flushed face when having a few drinks. It can also be used to match the rest of her body when she catches the sun.
The nose collection has cost Jayne £3,000, but she credits the prosthetics with helping her feel normal again.
"I can't begin to explain how happy I am with my new nose, I have my normal nose that I wear day to day, and my drunk nose comes out when I've been drinking," she says.
"Once you lose something you start to notice everyone else's. Jennifer Aniston has a great nose, and I notice these things because I've lost mine.
"I remember telling the prosthetics that if they're going to remove my nose, they better be able to replace it with what I want.
"Even eating something before was horrible, I had to cover my mouth because to breathe my mouth had to be open.
"You could see people recoiling in horror, stopping traffic to look at me."
At first Jayne had a glue-on nose, but she eventually got her "drunk" magnetic nose, which she keeps in her handbag to put on once she's had a few drinks.
"Now that I look normal and don't stand out in a crowd, I'm just so thankful for the service my prosthetic has given me," Jayne says.
"I'm so more appreciative of the natural elements of my body and its empowering now being able to walk around without people stopping their cars to look at me.
"When I'm out in the sun, or having a drink, sometimes people ask questions about it, but it doesn't happen as much as you would think.
"My husband always wants to tell people about it so they understand what has happened with me and with poor mental health or without him and my kids I probably would have topped myself when my nose started collapsing.
"The new nose is amazing; it makes me feel so confident when I'm out - I appreciate that it's bizarre and I understand when I see people pull faces, but my inner strength has pulled me through this situation for the better."
Jayne says getting the magnetic nose has been "life changing".
"This new nose is perfect, it magnets on and I can put it on whenever I need to," Jayne adds. "I can't express enough how happy I am - the entire process has been life changing."
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