Sky's Speech from the Epilepsy Awareness Game:
Thank you all for coming out tonight, to support athletes vs. epilepsy, it truly means a lot to our entire team!
You might be wondering why we chose Carpe Diem as our motto for this epilepsy awareness night. Carpe diem is latin for seize the day. If you had Beard as your freshman seminar teacher or have seen Dead Poets Society, you know what I am talking about. Seize the day is an expression that reminds us to make the most of everyday. You might be wondering what that has to do with epilepsy. When you are living a life with epilepsy, you never know what each day will bring. This expression can remind all of us, as athletes and students that no matter what challenges the day brings, to seize the day.
Personally, being a dedicated athlete, I had to remind myself to seize the day.
I am Sky Lieurance, a sophomore here at Eagle Valley. I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy when I was 14 years old. Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is a type of epilepsy where you do not just have grand mal seizures AKA convulsive seizures but absence and myoclonic as well.
Before I was diagnosed, i had had multiple myoclonic seizures. I thought these were just spasms, but of course my mom thought something was wrong. Mostly because she is a worrier. Anyways, myoclonic seizures are jerks. I had these jerks in my arms. In 8th grade volleyball i went to set a ball and caught it. Little did I know I was having a seizure. I remember my coach, Summer, just started laughing and so did i. At least it made a good laugh.
Until I had my first seizure in this gym at a wrestling tournament, i had no idea my life was about to change forever. Many daily routines had to be changed.
As haley said, epilepsy is definitely a bumpy ride. Many times I do not know I am having seizures. Absence seizures are a series of staring spells. This can make me completely oblivious to what is happening around me and create lots of confusion.
Most people just think I am a dumb blonde, which is also true but most of the time I just have a hard time remembering things. This can make school difficult and also athletics. Luckily, I have my teammates, friends, family and haley to help me push through the bumps.
We wanted to have this epilepsy vs athletes game to promote awareness of what epilepsy is and how it impacts our lives.
MY TEAMMATES ARE NOW GOING TO BE WALKING AROUND THE STANDS PASSING OUT SEIZURE FIRST AID CARDS.
Please take one, with 1 in 26 people having epilepsy you never know when you might need it.
THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING NOW LET’S PLAY SOME VOLLEYBALL!!!!!