Linda Southard

Linda Southard
Linda Southard
United States
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Hi there - 

My name is Linda and as of this date, May 8th, 2014, I have been seizure free for 22 years, 2 Months and 16 Days.  I don't mean to brag but ..... OK, so I DO mean to brag because in the world of Epilepsy - THAT is a long time.

I was diagnosed at the age of 5 with Epilepsy and have dealt with this since.  I do not consider it a disease, I consider it a slight inconvience at times.   I can't do some things that everyone else does but I still do A LOT of things that even most people WONT do.

I drive, I've had kids and just became a Grandma.  I ride my Mountain Bike, Swim, Waterski and Oh yeah - I RUN MARATHONS!!!  

Did you know that in the US, the Percent of those from the US who have run a Marathon is 0.5%.  Not even 1% of the US Population has run a marathon.  I wonder how many of those have Epliepsy?!?!?  I know of at least one, ME!!!!  

Some people ask me WHY?  Why do you do this?  Well, Because God gave me 2 good lungs, 2 good legs and a slight misfire in the head - but then, running is a mental sport so maybe that is why?!!?  I love to run and just go out and relax.  Yes, running 10, 12, 15, 26.2 miles is relaxing to me!  I also like to do this because this allows me to help to raise funds and awareness for those who haven't been as fortunate as myself.

SO, I hope that you will help me along my way to raise funds and awareness as I train for and run the Marine Corp Marathon on October 26, 2014.  I am so very excited to be a member of the team Athletes vs. Epilepsy - especially since I am one WITH Epilepsy.  If I can give a little bit of hope and promise to someone else out there with Epilepsy - then I have done my job.  I hope that you will help me to help others.




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