June 30th Update - We've accomplished 208 miles in 30 days! Thank you for the donations, countless prayers, new bike, and new perspective. Biking to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation has brought our family together. Today Mike is taking the next step in possibly finding a way to manage his epilepsy, fingers crossed the EEG will shed light on why he's having seizures.
Here's our Strava bike page - https://www.strava.com/athletes/22165706
May 29th - Over the summer we plan to cycle 200 miles to raise funds to make a difference and give back to the lives of people living with epilepsy. A year ago Mike began having seizures, and since then our lives have changed, he's unable to drive, and the seizure medicine has had terrible side effects. Doctors conducted many tests and found no reason why he started having seizures at this time in his life. Thinking back over the year what we thought was a one time fluke has turned into something we must manage daily. We've had many sleepless nights, shed many tears, and have felt every emotion due to the uncertanty of epilepsy.
I am grateful for family and friends who have helped in countless ways as we've had to adjust everyday life of a busy family. We are blessed in many ways and all have grown from this experience. There's something about seeing a person have a seizure that shakes my soul and reminds me we are not in control and to appreciate my own health.
The kids have been brave throughout all of this, and know what to do if Dad has a seizure. Jake was home one day when Mike had a seizure and knew exactly what to do, he took care of his Dad and at 11 years old he's a hero. Emily continues to stay positive and gives Mom and Dad her magical hugs that seem make everything OK during these stressful times.
Looking forward Mike is on his 6th seizure medicine and we are hopeful that we've found a way to keep his seizures under control. By June 30th we plan to cycle 200 miles to raise funds to make a difference and give back to 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.
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
Love The Kloostra Family
P.S. For those going through the same experience, music and faith have helped me through it all, so I am sharing my "Soul Food" playlist with you.