Rebecca Cox

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I got diagnosed with epilepsy at 16 years old after a series of grand mal seizures. In that moment my life was forever changed. Little did I know at the time I would not be getting my seizures under control at all for another 4 years. It was a game of trying out meds that didn't work, dealing with sometimes horrendous side effects from the meds, and more injuries than I can list. This came to a head when I had a seizure while I was in labour with my first child that almost cost me my life. I went into cardiac arrest and somehow the doctors managed to get everything back under control. A few short months later I was continuing to have seizures. Finally I got the answer I thought was only a false hope that I was clinging to. That was keppra. For almost 7 amazing years I was seizure free. I felt almost normal again. I got a chance to get my license and be independent. I no longer had to ask for favours every time I needed to go to the store or I wanted to just spend the day at the mall. I felt like I was finally out of the little prison I had made for myself in my mind. I put so many limitations on myself to ensure I would stay seizure free, I didn't even realize at the time that I was still confined to my self inflicted prison because I was too scared to step out of my predefined comfortzone I created. One day my friend asked me if I wanted to do a colour run with her and I said yeah for sure I will do a 5k with you!! She got a devious smile that should've tipped me off that I was not really in for a colour run. She wasn't lying about the colour part but she failed to mention the only colours were shades of brown, 16 km of mud and 20+ obstacles ha! So I go to this crazy event called tough mudder. Let me tell you I didn't just step outside of my comfort zone I obliterated everything I knew about my comfortzone in that weekend!! I did two days of tough mudder and could hardly move on Monday. It was the best weekend I had in nearly 10 years. Since that moment I started getting more involved in the amazing community. I met others who were overcoming there limits and pushing their boundaries of what they thought was possible. These people inspired me. I got support, friendship and encouragement with no questions asked. I started having seizures again a few short months ago. It felt like the life I had built for myself and finally feeling normal again had started crashing down around me. I had to back out of toughest because of my seizures coming back and I felt so disappointed in myself. I felt like I was going back to my self inflicted prison. Lucky for me I got reminded by all these amazing people that I am only temporarily putting limits on what I can do because it's a medical reason at the moment but I don't have to give it all up. This is why I am running Saturday and Sunday in Whistler. I want to remind other people that have epilepsy that our disease does not define who we are or who we want to be. I want people who don't have epilepsy to understand the impact it has on a persons life that lives with it daily. I want to make a difference in the lives of people who have it and their families. This is why I am asking you show your support for people living with this disease that may not be obvious by looking at them, but struggle with the reality of it everyday. Your donation no matter how big or small could make the biggest impact on the life of someone by bringing a cure one step closer. My story is just one of many but I hope that it hits home with one person struggling in any area of their life and gives them the courage to know that no obstacle is to great to overcome :) 

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