Happy Autumn!Letter from the Executive Director
Epilepsy Support Centre continues to grow! Since our last Spikes and Waves Newsletter, we have added a new staff member to our team, four staff have purchased new homes and three staff are now sporting shiny new diamond rings! So proud of our team (both personally and professionally) and greatly admire their passionate dedication to spreading epilepsy awareness and working to improve the quality of life of people living with epilepsy. We are inspired to do what we do by the stories you share! Judy Theriault recently posted this motivational message of courage and strength on Facebook, and has given permission for me to share it with you. I think her comments say it all!
“After a seizure....under my blankets hiding from the world sometimes I find myself falling into the "why me's", why can't this just go away.... And then I think back on the past 5 years and I am reminded of each time I over came it, each time I picked myself up from a floor or the middle of a store, or a sidewalk, and I know then that I will overcome this one to, I have been given the chance each time to get up, to fight back.....so many are not. I am so thankful for everyday....even the bad ones. I may never understand "why me", but talking about it and spreading awareness helps me, because 5 years ago I knew nothing, never gave epilepsy a thought.... I have an amazing team beside me , I have met wonderful people along the way and have learnt a lot about myself. I know each of my friends with epilepsy will understand , we all have those bad times, but always remember you are not alone, no matter how lonely it can feel, we are all in this fight together !!”
A big thank you to Judy for allowing us to share! I think she has said it all! You are not alone! Please enjoy this edition of Spikes and Waves Newsletter!
Jessica WachterLiving with Epilepsy
Jessica Wachter (pictured left) was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 19 years old in her second year of college for veterinarian technician. Jessica experienced complex partial seizures, which neurologists were able to pinpoint to her right temporal lobe through the placement of subdural electrodes on her brain to map out electrical activity. A successful candidate for surgery, she underwent a lobectomy to have the portion of her brain where seizures were originating from, surgically removed. Prior to her surgery Jessica was a very shy individual, however, she believes her personality changed as a side-effect of the procedure and she became very outgoing. She has become passionate about learning, her journey opening her mind to the mysteries of the brain and inspiring her to spread awareness of epilepsy.
Jessica first learned about Epilepsy Support Centre during her stay in the epilepsy unit at University Hospital in London, where she was introduced to a woman in her church who was an active member of The Centre. Jessica herself is now actively involved, becoming a part of the Peer-to Peer Network and participating in events such as fundraising barbecues, galas and the annual Seize the Day. She has made a number of amazing friends who understand her experiences and share their own. For Jessica, The Centre is a second home where she can help work to spread knowledge through awareness. She believes that epilepsy needs advocacy, so that education can be available to the community ensuring that people with seizures and epilepsy can live successful lives.
Jessica most recently stated: "If I could take a magic wand and make epilepsy go away, I wouldn't and here's why: Epilepsy has shown me how strong people can be... I was amazed at the people that supported and led me through this journey. I also made strong, amazing friendships with people who I couldn't imagine my life without today."
Share your epilepsy journeyDo you have a story you'd like to share with us? Would you like to be featured in our newsletter? Please contact Bailey: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Impact of Epilepsy in Ontario?Epilepsy Infographic
The data in the infographic is from Brain Disorders in Ontario: Prevalence, Incidence, and Costs from Health Administrative Data. View the full report here.
Murder Mystery FundraiserOxford County Holiday Fundraiser
Who doesn't love a good mystery? Epilepsy Support Centre invites you to be a part of our first ever fundraiser in Oxford County featuring a Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, December 11, 2015.
This holiday dinner fundraiser will include a cash bar, silent auction, dinner and a holiday themed murder mystery show put on my Murder for Hire. All guests are encouraged to dress in holiday attire! Consider joining us for your staff Christmas party and reserve a table together.
Location: Goff Hall, Woodstock, ON
Ticket cost: $50 per ticket
For more event information, including how to purchase your tickets, please visit our website.
Seize the Day RunThank you for your support
On behalf of Epilepsy Support Centre- 2nd Annual Seize the Day 2015 Event, we would like to personally thank you for your contributions and continued support of Epilepsy Support Centre, our special events and programs.
Together, approximately 175 participants raised over $22,000 towards The Centre's support and education programs. We are excited to report that many new families joined the walk this year in honour or memory of someone affected by seizures & epilepsy, and we surpassed our goal of $20,000. Job well done everyone!!!
Please visit our website for special thank yous and event photos.