I was diagnosed with partial complex epilepsy in 1997, at age 18 and just before I started college at Yale University and met my husband, Andrew. I have been truly lucky in my life to be surrounded by supportive friends and family who have helped me through the difficulties of epilepsy and who have helped me achieve a better version of myself through hard work and perseverance. Andrew has been there every step of the way, through brain surgery in 2003, many medications, and two high risk pregnancies that gave us two amazing sons. This year he'll be supporting me through brain surgery #2.
While having a seizure disorder is truly tough for the person diagnosed, many folks don't appreciate the pressure on caregivers and support teams. Andrew has been my rock through all the really tough days and to fully appreciate the great ones. We've shared so much along the way, and this year we hope to share in running the San Francisco Marathon and raising funds for a cure for epilepsy.
So now it's time to pay it forward and raise funds for the millions of Americans living with seizure disorders, many of whom don't respond to current treatments. The national Epilepsy Foundation estimates that 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their life times -- the cure you fund may very well be your own!
As a member of Athletes vs Epilepsy, I am raising funds to help find cures and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.
Your donation will help fund innovation in accelerating new treatments and therapies in a time frame that matters. No donations is too big or too small, every dollar counts to the people living with epilepsy.
Please make a donation in support of our efforts with Athletes vs Epilepsy and help ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential!