Friends & Family
I hope this finds you all well.
I will be walking for epilepsy in support of my daughter Eva on April 14th this year on the Mall in Washington D.C. As many of you know Eva began having seizures as a young adult while away at college. Like most living with epilepsy, it requires Eva to change her lifestyle, so at 24 years of age she no longer drives, must change her diet, reduce or eliminate stress, increase her hours of rest, be diligent about her medicine, and yet still have a career and enjoy a social life. It’s not easy, but she’s doing great. She recently moved out and lives alone downtown Seattle and has a new job caring for kids as they transition from incarceration to foster care in most cases. She walks to work everyday, rain or shine, and loves what she’s doing. I couldn’t be more proud of her.
What I’ve learned through our great team at Northwest Epilepsy Center that provides care for Eva, is that there is a lot we don’t know about the brain. But like all things, research will help, and maybe someday years from now, that will change so other young adults won’t have to make difficult life changes or live worrying about when and where the next seizure will take place.
After feeling a bit helpless for the past several years and looking for a way to make a difference, I decided this is how I will begin to do my part to help all people living with epilepsy. What you should also know is I too was born with epilepsy but have not been on medicine since I was 11 years old and have been seizure free ever since, and I am now 53 so I am hopeful that comes true for Eva someday.
I have no expectation that you donate to this cause, as we all give to many causes already. If you choose to want to participate, it is appreciated. If you can’t, no problem, just keep Eva & others with epilepsy in your thoughts and that too can make a difference.
Below is the link to my to my SeaTown Epilepsy Challenge page for those donating.