Caroline Schneider

Team Captain The Brainstormers 12th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy

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I was diagnosed with epilepsy on October 1, 2010, nearly seven years ago, during my senior year of high school. My seizures are grand mals, and they come from my left temporal lobe. When I was first diagnosed, I had one seizure nearly every nine months.  As I got older, though, my seizures got worse.  Not only did they last longer, but I had more of them than ever.  When I was in college, I could barely attend my classes because I kept having episodes and blurred and doubled vision (which I still do).  In September of 2015, I had a brain surgery to hopefully find out where my seizures were originating.  The data my doctors gathered said that my seizures originated mainly in my left temporal lobe.  However, one time when I seized, it originated in my left parietal lobe.  I didn't have enough seizures to pinpoint where specifiically in the lobes my seizures happened, so I couldn't have the parts of my brain removed that were causing, and are causing, my seizures.  In February of 2016 during my senior year of college, I began to have seizures every few days.  It was then that I decided I've had it.  A few months later, I received a vagal nerve stimulator, which has definitely decreased the number of my seizures.  Although I still have seizures, my vagal nerve stimulator has made my life so much easier than without it.

I am raising funds to make a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. 

Please support this cause by making a safe and secure donation to my fundraising webpage. Giving to the Epilepsy Foundation means you make the world a better, easier, more manageable place for the  3 million people in the U.S. who are living with epilepsy and seizures. It would mean so much to me.

 Thank you for your help and support!

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