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.
In 1984 when I was 9 years old, I had my first grand-mal seizure. I continued to have these into my teen years, mostly in my sleep and due to stress and hormonal changes. In college, as I was in my early 20's, they significantly worsened in severity and time of the day. They began to occur while I was awake and still were the "grand mal" type but would originate as another type of seizure that I never even knew I was having!
Seizures truly began to destroy my life as I began my career in 1998. Driving is a major aspect of a job most of the time when you start out in social work, as I was trying to do. Unfortunately, you can't drive if you have seizures! Workplaces had to abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act and find me jobs where driving was not part of the job description. They did do this for me, but it was not easy. In 2000, I finally went to a different neurologist. He immediately referred me to NYU Epilepsy Center in NYC. It was there that I was told I needed to have brain surgeries to stop these seizures as no medicine was working anymore and my brain was being severely affected by them.
In June of 2001, I had two brain surgeries that took out a half a lemon sized portion of my left temporal lobe. Seizures stopped for a while but came back when I became pregnant a few years later. They are not as severe as they were before the surgeries, but unfortunately still play a part in my life up to this day in 2018.
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.