My Epilepsy Journey

My personal story to raise Epilepsy awareness

Martha Lueck

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When people hear the word “seizure,” they usually imagine someone shaking on the ground with their eyes rolling into the back of their head. Medical professionals refer to that as a Tonic-Clonic (or Grand Mal) seizure. There are many different types, but that is the one I have experienced.

According to The Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy is “the fourth most common neurological disorder in the world.” (“What Is Epilepsy?” Epilepsy Foundation). Despite its prevalence, it does not receive as much attention as other conditions. With this in mind, it is important to raise awareness and break the stigma about seizures. Here is my personal story about Epilepsy.

My first seizure happened in the summer of 2006.

Voices crackled like static. Faces looked like blurry silhouettes in the blinding sunlight. My forehead burned; rocks dug into my back. I lay paralyzed from fear and pain. Where was I?

“Martha, do you know where you are?” a feminine voice asked.

“Uh…I don’t…know,” I moaned.

All I wanted to do was go back to sleep. At least I understood the woman’s voice as she knelt beside me. All around me, the silhouettes towered over me.

“Do you remember falling?” the woman beside me asked.

“N-no.”

“Can you sit up?”

I nodded sheepishly. The concerned woman gently lifted my head and torso off the ground.

“You’re at camp. I’m your camp counselor Kristen,” she responded. “We heard a yell, and you were shaking on the ground. I think you had a seizure.”

The voices surrounding me intensified. My vision finally recognized the terrified faces of teenage campers. Everything started to make sense…except the seizure. How did that happen? I wondered.

After I stood up, my head throbbed and I was dizzy. Kristen steadied me. Then a truck pulled up next to me.

“Hey! Is everything okay?” the driver asked.

“Martha had a fall during our run. I think it was a seizure,” Kristen replied.

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Martha Lueck

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