Less Than 3 Weeks Until The NYC Marathon!
October 19, 2016
As a 6 year old living on the Zuni Reservation in western New Mexico, I was always full of energy and curiosity. In other words, I was hurt and in trouble a lot. That playful inquisitiveness got the best of me after I fell from a small cliff wall and suffered a brain injury. The trauma I experienced that day led to subsequent blackouts and seizures that still affect me almost 30 years later. Luckily, my daily medication allows me to lead a relatively normal life and conceal my epilepsy from family and friends. However, this is the first time I have publicly addressed my condition, and I am very fortunate since I have a treatment. After reading many heartbreaking stories about the people suffering everyday with epilepsy or those caring for loved ones, I hope our efforts can lead to more awareness and viable therapies. I am grateful that I have this opportunity to represent the Epilepsy Foundation at the 2016 NYC Marathon and would like to thank my friends and family for their continued support.