As many of you know, our daughter Kristina (now 6 years old) was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2 1/2. As a result, Margie and I have become very involved in spreading awareness about this neurological disorder.
Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk for Epilepsy is one of the largest epilepsy awareness events in the United States. On April 14, 2013 the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County would like to see 2,700 participants unite at De Anza Park to celebrate epilepsy outreach in the San Diego community. Now in its fourteenth year, Sharon’s Ride was created to honor the memory of Sharon Rosenfeld, a nurse and teacher who worked to better the lives of individuals with epilepsy.
Historically, the neurological disorder has been surrounded with stigma. Individuals with epilepsy were stereotyped and isolated from society. Today we know epilepsy is incredibly individualized; it can occur at any stage in life, and affects each person differently. Two thirds of people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with diet, medications, or surgery while others continue to struggle with treatments and an unexplainable diagnosis. Much more research is needed to understand the causes and eventually find cures.
Please click on the link below to learn more about our family's journey with epilepsy, and how you can help to make a difference.