In January 2012, a few weeks before his sixth birthday, our son Julian started exhibiting unusual behaviors. Julian would take a deep breath, his eyes would droop and he would freeze for 5-10 seconds. His kindergarten teacher began complaining he wasn't taking direction in class. He also began stutturing. We started to suspect that he was was hearing impaired.
Julian was having absence seizures. Unlike a grand mal seizure, an absence seizure is difficult to identify. Some individuals smack their lips, have a blank stare or their eyes may roll up for a few seconds. They can't hear or see during the seizure. When the seizure is over they have no memory of any passage of time.
We were lucky that Julian experienced an absence seizure during his exam with the pediatrician. He was immediately referred to a pediatric neurologist. The neurolgist confirmed that he has Absence Epilepsy.
Four days into his medication he was 100% seizure free. Also, he completely stopped stuttering. We realize how lucky we are. We owe this to the many people who raised money for epilepsy research in the past.
Unfortunately, many medicated individuals on the epilepsy spectrum still experience seizures. I would like to raise money to help find better medications and a cure for them all.
Please join me in the fight to end epilepsy as I run 26.2 miles at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC on October 26th. Thank you!