Former Sen. Norm Coleman was been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a condition that led to temporary paralysis on the left side of his face. The paralysis occurs when nerves leading to that part of his face become inflamed.
Coleman broke the news in an exclusive video on BringMeTheNews, a new online news source created by former KARE11 anchor Rick Kupchella. The full video interview will be posted on Sunday when the site officially launches.
Coleman says his doctors expect a full recover, which can take up to eight weeks. He first noticed it on a flight from Washington, D.C. to Minneapolis on Sept. 2. He realized something was wrong when other passengers would come up to talk to him and he was only able to smile out of one side of his face.
"It puts a lot of things in perspective -- my smile is a part of me. I love to smile, and to all of sudden -- part of your face isn't working as it used to -- the good news is it will," he said.
Check out the video on BringMeTheNews here.