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.
I live with epilepsy but choose not to let it run my life. Until the age of 7, I was a happy, healthy kid. While in the mountains, I had my first seizure. We rushed home from New Mexico and began a lifelong journey with neurologists and seizure medications. For a time, my seizures were completely under control, but in the 6th grade, my medications were changed and the seizures began again. More medications, and many unwanted side effects came with the territory.
In college, I had a VNS implanted in my chest, which has helped. But, I have had the most success over the last couple of years. In 2013, my epileptologist told me about a new device the FDA was studying - a smart device that would study my brain and learn to control my seizures. The decision to have neurosurgery to implant the RNS device was difficult, but I could not be happier with the results since my device was implanted in 2015.
Each of us deals with obstacles in our lives. One of mine just happens to be epilepsy. But, I have learned ways to cope, and one of the things I enjoy is being outdoors. I love camping, hiking, fishing, and anything that gets me outside. Walking is an easy way for me to get outside and clear my head. It also keeps me in shape. I hope you will join me in raising funds to stop epilepsy from affecting one more person.
I want to thank some of the people who have helped me in this journey. My family and friends have walked through this diagnosis with me and been there through the ups and downs. I am so appreciative of my medical team - my neurologists, epileptologists, surgeons, and the folks at Medical City Dallas. They have made my journey easier.
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. Thank you for your help and support