I have had seizures for about 23 years. That’s almost 8,395 days in which I’ve taken several different medications, had my license taken away, hit my head more times than I could count, had thousands of seizures, been diagnosed with 4 different types of seizures, been hospitalized and been to countless doctors where I’ve heard, “There is no known cause or cure, so here, take this medicine.” Now, you would think that such a life would be quite difficult, but really I’ve been blessed with such an amazing family and group of friends that I’ve been able to live a very normal life. I went to school and did well, with a large group of friends. I was a part of many activities and really involved in church. I got married and had two beautiful daughters that I was told I would never have. And even though I don’t drive right now, I never want for anything. I get to be a stay at home mom, go to our Mom’s bible study, attend church normally, and do anything a normal girl my age does. You would never know I have epilepsy from the outside looking in because I don’t let it define me. While I may not ever get my physical healing here on earth, I believe I got my miracle in another form. I’ve been blessed beyond measure with the ability to live like any normal person because God placed around me an amazing support system made up of my family and friends, and I am forever indebted to them!
Purple Day was started by a little girl named Cassidy that, once diagnosed, decided she wanted the world to know that people of all ages suffer from Epilepsy and just because we do doesn’t mean we’re different. Purple is the colour of our Awareness Ribbon, so she started challenging people to wear purple every March 26th in support, honour and memory of those that suffer, have suffered and those that have already passed away from Seizure Disorders and Epilepsy. It’s a day I’m proud to be a part of because I wear purple for myself and my friends that suffer from Epilepsy, but I also wear it to honour those that constantly support me, because without them, I would be nowhere.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. ~John 15:13 People may not literally lay their lives down for me, but in theory they do, because they stop whatever they are doing for me, and I can’t think of a greater earthly love than that.
Thank you………all of you.
Rylee, Jaedyn & Michele
For more information on Epilepsy Day visit http://www.purpleday.org/