Last night I leaned against the kitchen counter and prepared potatoes for dinner while tne nightly news played in the background—a typical evening in our home. Without warning, still standing at the sink, I entered a convulsive seizure I do not recall. Fortunately, my daughter sat on the nearby sofa. She kept hold of me so I never fell. I am grateful for the love and support of my family in my struggle with epilepsy. It is a condition I was diagnosed with at eight years old. The unpredicatability and loss of control have always been the hardest parts of epilepsy for me. The random loss of memory and difficulty with cognitive processing make me feel vulnerable. Another woman described having epilepsy as "a war that doesn't have an ending." This feels exactly true.
I am participating for the very first time in Washington D.C. in the National Epilepsy Walk. I want to make a difference. I want to find a cure for the 3.5 million people like me who live with a seizure disorder. 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.
There are wars we can win. There are months where I feel I have won the battle. As if I have found the right cocktail of medications and my seizures and cognitive processing are normal. However, for me, it is about control of the seizures, not eliminating them. This is why this walk is so important. Awareness matters. The war matters.
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 all the people in the U.S. who are living with epilepsy and seizures.