Tomorrow is our first year experiencing Epilepsy Awareness Month. It has been a Nationally recognized Campaign since 1968 but until we got the diagnosis of epilepsy for our beautiful four year old back in March, epilepsy was not something that we ever thought about. This needs to change. There are so many myths about epilepsy and a lot of confusion about what to do, what it is, and how to deal with it. In partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation I am going to be sharing facts here all month long. On top of that Brendan and I are going to be raising money for Epilepsy Research and for families experiencing the financial burden of Epilepsy. Now many of you may be thinking, "it's just a seizure, no big deal right?" Wrong! You couldn't be more wrong. My first fact is very sobering! The same number of people die each year from epilepsy as do people from breast cancer and people from car accidents! Pretty crazy when you think about it. On top of that more than 60% of those who die from epilepsy are children under the age of 15! So, now do you see why we need to get the word out? If you would like to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation in Avagrace's name please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!
I will still be sharing my normal blog stuff but this is my focus this month! But for a cute Halloween add-on. Avagrace has a lot of difficulty remembering words, names, etc...it is a major side effect from her meds. Sometimes it is very dramatic like forgetting her own name for an hour or more. Other times, like tonight, we all get a good laugh out of it! Tonight while trick-or-treating she saw a child dressed as Sponge Bob and she thought it was very cute. It was made out of a box and was very creative! She squealed, "Look Mommy! It's Sponge Bob Squirt Pants!" Oh how we laughed, it was great!