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My name is Nan Chapman and my son, Todd Chapman, has debilitating epilepsy. When he was 10 months old, I went to check on him in his crib. I found him in a lifeless trance, which I later learned was an epileptic seizure. In the days ahead he was hospitalized, after having 100 seizures, and was paralyzed on the left side. He could not even sit up without me holding him up. In the months ahead, my husband and I noticed that because of the brain injury he suffered, he did not walk as soon as other children. Each sickness he went through was more serious and required a physician's visit.
At the age of 7, Todd was officially diagnosed with epilepsy. He went through a multitude of tests and has taken every imaginable medication to control his seizures. This was the beginning of a lifetime of doctor visits, problems in school, learning problems and social problems. As the years went by, Todd was able to graduate from high school and he eventually completed one year of technical school. When he finally did get a job, the constant epileptic seizures, along with the heavy medication he was taking to prevent seizures, prevented him from fulfilling his duties as an employee. He lost 3 different jobs because of the ongoing epileptic seizures. Even after some occupational therapy, the seizures, plus the side effects of the medication, labeled him unemployable.
My son is now 49 and he still has 20-30 seizures per day. He has tried everything each doctor prescibed to prevent the seizures. He has had a vagus nerve stimulator implanted, that is wired into his brain, to help him snap out of the seizures; however, this rarely works. He has even had a softball size portion of his brain removed, at Augusta Medical Center, in hopes that this would prevent, or reduce, the number of seizures he has on a daily basis. Unfortunately nothing has worked to prevent, or reduce, the persistence of these debilitating seizures.
Because of the constant seizures, he cannot drive a vehicle. His social life is nonexistent, and even attending church is a challenge. He is now completely dependent upon me and my husband - I am 75 and my husband is 77. We are now semi-retired and live on social security. We are not sure how much longer we can continue to adequately care for our son.
We want our son to be seizure free and to live a normal life. Our hope is that this new, alternative medication that has worked for many with epilepsy, is the answer we have been desperately seeking. However, we need your financial help to pay for this medication. Thank you, in advance, for your kindness, graciousness, and generosity.