I am a 32 year old wife and mother. I have two children, a daughter that is 8 and a son that is 19 months. I am currently teaching third grade but I have worked with individuals with special needs for the past 8 years. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 16. It was a pretty tough road there for a while. I started out just having a seizure every now and then but by the time I was 19 I was having about 20 seizures a day. I was scared all the time and the doctors couldn’t figure out what type of medications to give me. I prayed every night that if I could get better one day then I would stick it out but if I was going to be like that forever could God please go ahead and take me. I went to Duke University hospital several times. I was hospitalized there when I was 20 and they finally got it right. They put me on a mixture of medications that got my seizures under control enough that I could live a normal life. I went to college and got my BA in Elementary Education. Now I’ve learned what my triggers are and what to avoid. I make sure I get enough sleep and try to keep my stress level to a minimum. I have been seizure free for six years. When I started having seizures I was terrified. My body was doing things I wasn’t telling it to. I didn’t know anyone else that had this and I had no one to talk to. The first doctor I saw said I was making it up. It was so embarrassing to have seizures in public especially at school. Even people that knew I had epilepsy would freak out if they actually witnessed me having a seizure. Yes it is a scary thing to watch but it’s even scarier to experience it. My teachers and friends didn’t know what to do even after I had told them. I want to spread awareness so other children and adults as well don’t have to go through what I did.
Age Diagnosed: 16
Hobbies: Reading, spending time with my family, painting