If I were to have a seizure, would you know what to do?

I’m unconscious and unable to hear your call. My body is slowly starting to stiffen, and I begin to fall. The muscles are tightly contracted and wildly twitching and jerking out of control. Should you restrain me to stop my movements to prevent me from getting hurt, or do you just let the seizure takeContinue reading “If I were to have a seizure, would you know what to do?”

Star Wars (Epilepsy) Lesson #1

Impossible to see, the future is. – Yoda Twelve years ago, I was headed to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas to check-in for my first ever EMU (Epilepsy Monitoring Unit) stay. For the next few days, doctors would use video-electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring technology to monitor my brain activity. The end goal — evaluateContinue reading “Star Wars (Epilepsy) Lesson #1”

My epilepsy journey, plus YOU!

Over twelve years ago, I thought I had lost everything. When I heard those three little words (You have epilepsy), I thought the world had come crashing down. There was no room for survival, and my life was without a doubt over. Looking back now, I realize how much a drama queen I had been.Continue reading “My epilepsy journey, plus YOU!”

Monday Reflections: Epilepsy’s Double Edge

Dear Epilepsy, So much has happened since our last painful encounter, and, with each passing moment, I marvel at all the good that has come out of all the bad. Although I can’t say I miss you, I cannot deny the beauty in your double-edge. The limitations you set for me are infuriating and, atContinue reading “Monday Reflections: Epilepsy’s Double Edge”

There is little to no room for a slip-up with epilepsy

Disappointed in myself is what I am today. I’ve done so well just to ruin everything for one minor mistake due to simple laziness. Last night, one of my many medication alarms went off, but I failed to get up to take my medicine. So, what was so important that I couldn’t just get upContinue reading “There is little to no room for a slip-up with epilepsy”

Monday Reflections: The Power of Social Media and Kindness

Oh, what a week it has been! Last week quickly came and went before I knew it. I was busy fundraising for The Walk to END Epilepsy, and it has been really fun and a lot more successful than I thought it would be. I was worried being socially distanced would make fundraising slightly moreContinue reading “Monday Reflections: The Power of Social Media and Kindness”

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Dallas Walk to END Epilepsy Pokémon Raffle Have you heard of Pokémon? Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re a huge Pokémon fan like my husband and have been going on “Pokémon Hunts” to get your hands on cards. Well, maybe we can help each other out. I am fundraising for the Epilepsy Foundation ofContinue reading “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”

Purple Day 2021 is here!

I’m decked out in purple to spread epilepsy awareness. Are you? If you haven’t yet, there is still plenty of time to do so! Whether it’s wearing a purple shirt, coloring your hair purple, or putting some purple polish on your nails, please join me in spreading epilepsy awareness. Together we can fight the stigmaContinue reading “Purple Day 2021 is here!”

Monday Reflections: Epilepsy and Family

Before the pandemic came and ruined a lot of things, I looked forward to spring, winter, and summer breaks so I could spend time with my nieces. Creating small themed parties for them and taking them to a movie, exhibit, or event was always fun. Sadly, I didn’t get to do all the cool thingsContinue reading “Monday Reflections: Epilepsy and Family”

Purple Day 2021 is coming!

Purple Day is just around the corner, and I can’t wait to see everyone dressed in their favorite shade of purple. On March 26, I encourage you to wear purple to promote epilepsy awareness worldwide. By educating others, we can help remove the stigma surrounding epilepsy and work toward overcoming the challenges living with epilepsyContinue reading “Purple Day 2021 is coming!”