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Posted by Ancil Gonzales - - 0 comments

Greetings Travellers!! Have you ever wondered how life would be if you only had one eye? Well Billy Owen is a testament to that life since he only has one eye. Now, if you are a fan of pirate movies then a man with one eye isn't that weird but the strange thing about it is how he managed to lose his eye.

Billy was a normal two eyed person like most people. He was a successful motorcycle mechanic with a loving wife and a six-month old son. However, he acquired a rare type of cancer along his journeys that completely changed his life forever.

 

"I had headaches and I couldn't breathe because my right nostril was totally plugged," he told The Huffington Post. "Doctors gave me decongestants thinking it was sinusitis, but my wife finally pushed me to see a specialist."

On Feb. 13, 2009, the doctor gave him the news: He had sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC), a rare form of cancer affecting the nasal cavity that had only a 10 percent survival rate.

"Most of the survivors have tumors removed at the early stage," Owen said, but, in his case, the cancer has spread so extensively that doctors had to remove half his face, including his right eyes, the muscles and nerves.


"I have very little sense of smell left," he admitted. "If it's a real strong smell, I can pick it up."


Having major surgery would change anyone, but Owen likes to think it changed him for the better.

"I was living a wild and crazy life beforehand, a lot of drinking," he said. "But after my surgery, I was having a hard time in the hospital, going through a rampage and I felt something rubbing my hand, like the presence of God. I felt a sense of peace like everything was going to be OK."

Owen looked at his son and decided to do everything he could to be around for him and his wife.


"I can't imagine what she went through," he said. "And my son ... he's the only one who never looked at me differently."

"It's tough when you get an itch in the corner of your eye and there's nothing to scratch," he said.

Owen still rides dirt bikes, but his days of being a professional mechanic are over.

"There's too much risk," he said. "I can't put myself on the line for everyone else. I can do it for me, but if another person dies because I didn't see a loose bolt, I don't know what I'd do."




Billy now works as a professional zombie.... Yes, you read that right, he is a professional zombie. He is a professional zombie actor to be exact, for music videos and TV shows. He also has been telling his story at the Venice Beach Freakshow in Los Angeles, and was featured on a recent episode of the AMC reality series, "Freakshow."

What an amazing story. I just had to share this.

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