Embracing a Healthy Family: epilepsy
Showing posts with label epilepsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label epilepsy. Show all posts

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Epilepsy Therapy Project

Nothing is more terrifying than experiencing a seizure especially a first time seizure when it comes to epilepsy.  I remember my daughter's first seizure and the level of panic that gripped me of not knowing what was going on or what to do.  No warning, no nothing and all of sudden, it looked like she was having a stroke.  I was scared beyond my wildest imagination.  After many tests and procedures, her diagnosis came and we were faced with a twice a day treatment for what appears to be Benign Rolandic Epilepsy.  I'm not too keen on pumping this trial and error medication into her but the alternative of waiting and seeing is not one I prefer. 

The problem with epilepsy is so much is still not known and treatment is literally a watch and see what works.  For some, it works and for others, it helps to reduce the number of seizures and for others, nothing works.  That is why it's so important for research to continue in uncovering what causes epilepsy, what can be done to treat it and to help understand all aspects of the possible genetic component.

Epilepsy Therapy Project, sponsor of www.epilepsy.com, is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization founded by parents and doctors caring for children with uncontrolled seizures by supporting the development of new therapies that offer freedom from seizures and side effects. Read more about the Epilepsy Therapy Project and how your donations can help support our mission to accelerate ideas into therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures.

Get involved HERE.

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Our Day at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC

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We decided to go to the Columbia, SC Zoo today since we hadn't done anything special with the girls since my husband returned from Iraq.  The zoo is small yet very nice.  One of the things I like the most is that everyone is so polite and nice and you get to get up close to many of the animals.

Back to the zoo .... the girls had a great time feeding the giraffes, riding sculpture animals, seeing all the animals and riding the ponies.  I can't think of a better time than to see the shear joy on children's faces!  

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Horse Riding Lessons

My middle child loves horses and I wanted to give her an opportunity to try out something new and fun. Although she has epilepsy, I always worry that one of the seizures might occur without warning but I still allow her the chance to pursue her dreams. I was told not to hinder her experiences due to the condition rather guard and protect her.

Watching her on the horse was in incredible experience as I saw this shy, timid girl open up and take directions from her teacher and handle this horse with such control and maturity.

Even her little sister loved what she saw!

If you ever want to try something a little out of the ordinary, try horse riding lessons as it teaches so many different lessons and it's a fun and wonderful experience. If your child has some sort of a disability, there are many programs that cater for special needs children.

Your child can learn either in English or Western style. The extra bonus is they learn how to care for horses as well.

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