My name is Patrick Green, and I was diagnosed with epilepsy nine years ago. The first medication I took did not work in preventing seizures but switching to a different medication kept me seizure-free for nearly 7 years. However, medications are not without side effects, and my neurologist and I decided to try a new course of treatment in an effort to reduce those side effects. On June 28, 2018, while vacationing with my family, I had back-to-back seizures that landed me in the emergency room. I am taking another course of medications and have been seizure-free since the 28th, but the experience has left me feeling anxious.
The two things in my life that have helped me overcome this recent setback are the loving support of family and friends and . . . running! Running helps me keep things in perspective. I have signed up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon this November 17, 2018, and I have pledged to raise a minimum of $650 for the Epilepsy Foundation. However, I hope to raise even more than that! The Epilepsy Foundation is a wonderful organization whose mission 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. Thank you in advance for any donations you might make towards helping people living with epilepsy.
Please support this amazing 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 so much for all of your help and support, and please come cheer me on this November!
My best gal and my dad playing Euchre with me at the hospital during our vacation at the Jersey Shore (my mom is taking the picture). One can only imagine how poorly I played while on Lorazepam! My family has always been there for me through good times and bad, and I couldn't be more thankful.
Above is a picture of my best friend and my family who came to support me by participating in the National Walk for Epilepsy on April 11, 2015 in Washington, DC.