Did you know that approximately 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at one point in their lives? Well, I am the 1 in 26. Last year, at the age of twenty-seven, I experienced my first grand mal seizure. For over ten years, I lived with undiagnosed epilepsy, having as many as seven mini partial seizures a day. It was not until after many visits to the brilliant neurologists at Lahey Hospital & Medical that I was diagnosed and treated for this disease. With their help, I have been able to live a normal, seizure-free life after a very difficult year.
After my diagnosis, I decided to really focus on my passions. One of those passions has always been running. I ran cross country throughout high school and have participated in many road races since. After my seizure, running became an even more prominent part of my life because it gave me an outlet during a tough time and allowed me to find my strength within. In the fall of 2017, I ran the 2017 Philadelphia Marathon through Athletes vs. Epilepsy of the Epilepsy Foundation, just five months after my diagnosis. It was one of my greatest challenges yet biggest accomplishments – training for and completing this great feat helped me through one of the hardest times in my life.
Running the Boston Marathon has been my dream since I was a little girl. When I heard that Lahey will have their first team ever for the Boston Marathon in 2019, I was ecstatic. Not only has Lahey provided me incredible care as a patient, but I also have the privilege to work alongside some of the most amazing and talented people in the operating room at Beverly Hospital. As a Surgical Technologist, I get to witness the miracles of medicine on a daily basis, and it is an honor to be a part of that team.
It is also a great honor to be part of the first ever Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Team running in the 123rd Boston Marathon. After all Lahey has done for me both personally and professionally, I cannot think of a better organization to run for and give back to while making a childhood dream come true.
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