Then my parents heard of someone who took a different approach to treating epilepsy: Dr. Donna Andrews, a psychologist in California.
personal story touched me. As a kid, she
had suffered from seizures and was told at the age of 18 that she
would never resolve the massive misfirings in her
brain, that she
would have those seizures forever.
couldn't help but wonder: if her
brain were so messed up, as her
doctors claimed, then why wasn't she
having seizures all the time?
What was the difference between the times she
was healthy and the times she
was having a seizure?
figured there must be a trigger, something that sparks the seizures to erupt.
has been seizure-free for over 40 years-and with no medication.
The question, then, was who would you listen to: someone who had never had seizures and offers you drugs in the hope that you'll stop convulsing or someone who has been through this illness, who knows exactly what you are going through and has actually overcome her
I flew out to Santa Rosa, California, to meet with Dr. Andrews
That meeting changed my life.
shifted my perspective on everything.
encouraged me to do my homework, to study epilepsy and its treatments.
said never put something into your body if you don't know what it is.
said first and foremost that epilepsy was my problem, and getting healthy was my responsibility.
I had to figure out my body.
And I had to find my triggers.
had me asking myself new questions: what was I doing when I had these seizures?
Since meeting Dr. Andrews
15 months ago, I have had three seizures.