Phone call saved my life

My First Seizure

Every day I see people talking on phones.  Chances are you’ve had many a phone conversation yourself!

How about being on the phone, but not being able to talk?

Well, for me, that call was on a cool Fall evening in 1986.  I was in Wisconsin in my dorm room at Marquette.  My friend was in her dorm room in Virginia.

I don’t remember exactly what happened, but suddenly, I was unable to talk to her.  I don’t even remember if I was sitting or standing.

Remember, back in 1986 only a few people had cell phones or cordless phones.  Most of us were using phones that kept us attached to the wall.  And there were no plans with unlimited minutes each month.  We had to pay for each long distance call per minute.

Now even though I couldn’t talk, she stayed on the phone with me.  Eventually, I was able to communicate and remember her asking me what happened.  I couldn’t tell her because I simply didn’t know.

Let’s just say, both of us were scared by what had happened.  She made me promise to go see the doctor the next day.  When I went to the campus health care, the doctor had her concerns and wanted me to go see a neurologist.

The Start of a New Journey

That phone call was my first known seizure and the start of a new journey in my life which has led me here today.  I’ve faced many challenges and do admit, sometimes I wonder where my life would have gone had I not had epilepsy along with all the ups and downs affiliated with it.  Of course, without that journey, I never would have started Epilepsy Education Everywhere or be helping people with epilepsy as much as I am today.

Some things are just meant to be!

What, in your life, has happened to you that changed everything for you? Please share your story in the comment box below.


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