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Carnie Wilson has put on a positive demeanor after announcing last week that she has been diagnosed with Bell's Palsy.
Bell's Palsy is a nerve disorder that causes a paralysis of muscles in the face. Wilson, a singer and actress, announced last Thursday on Twitter that she had been diagnosed with the condition.
"Just wanted you all 2 know that I have Bell's Palsy on lf side of face right now," she tweeted adding that she planned on staying strong. "Scary, unfortunate, but it goes away. A challenge! Love u."
Outpouring from fans was generous.
"Praying for you, mama! If you need to talk, I'm here for you! Sending love & positive thoughts your way!" one fan wrote on the singer's Twitter. Other fans shared similar thoughts and offered prayers for Wilson's speedy recovery.
Later Wilson informed her followers that she was treating her condition with acupuncture.
"Who believes in Acupuncture?" she asked Twitter followers on Friday. "I'm treating my Bell's Palsy with it. IT'S WORKING."
The continued support from family and fans also appeared to put the singer in better spirits.
"Grateful and hopeful today. Your well wishes make me happy. Thank you all!!!" she wrote.
The symptoms of Bell's Palsy typically start out with a cold and then eventually come on strong. The worst of it happens in the first few days, according to PubMed Health. The paralysis usually only happens in half of the face but can lead to difficulty with eating.
Treatment is usually unnecessary, according to the site. The symptoms typically resolve themselves, although it can take anywhere from a week to over a month to build back muscle strength in the face.