For the past couple of months, I’ve been preparing myself for the National Walk for Epilepsy in DC. As I made my daily walk the other day, I realized the amount of progress I’ve made since surgery.
Fifteen months ago, brain surgery had left my body weak. It was impossible to make it from my bedroom to the living room alone. After a couple of months, although with difficulty, I was finally able to walk from my doorstep to the mailbox. Today, I can walk, jog or run for as long as my not so athletic self can handle.
I’m proud of my accomplishments, but I can’t say it was easy getting there. Along my path to recovery, there have been many hurdles. I’ve felt like giving up more times than I can count, but I didn’t.
If there is anything epilepsy has taught me it’s this:
When you think you’ve taken one step forward just to take two steps back, don’t fret because it isn’t over. Life is a sea filled with mild and dangerous tides. Sometimes we need to be pulled back to come back so much stronger. The rough patch will pass, as long as we keep treading on. When all is over, we’ll realize the hurdles are nothing more than a nuisance because we are capable of walking through it all.
Today is Purple Day – Epilepsy Awareness Day!
It is a day I look forward to each year because it is a symbol that epilepsy doesn’t have to be a lonesome battle. When we come together on Purple Day, we take a step forward in finding an end to epilepsy.
So let’s talk about our seizing struggles and what we’ve done to hold strong. Educating others about epilepsy is important. We want others to be there for us just as much as they want to be there for us too. By raising awareness about this neurological disorder, we can do that.
This fight cannot be won alone, but I know we can all win. Let’s paint the world purple and spread awareness about epilepsy all around the world!
Here are some links to help get you started.
Purple Day: http://www.purpleday.org/aboutepilepsy
Epilepsy Foundation: http://www.epilepsy.com
National Walk for Epilepsy: http://walkforepilepsy.org