In the past ten years I have grown so much and realized what a strong woman I am. In 2002 I began my journey with Epilepsy. Thru that journey I have found strength and weaknesses, I have developed stronger friendships and lost weaker ones. My family has become closer and more caring. I have a loving husband of 20 years this October and we are strong in our beliefs as a couple and as a family. We have 2 teenagers who are strong and loving. We hope to raise them with a strong faith in God and with the belief that they can accomplish what they set out to do. I believe that everything that happens to a person in life, happens for a reason. That everyday we have the opportunity to learn something new if our eyes and heart are open to it. In 2009 our house burnt down. This was due to my seizures. I was the only one home and had a seizure by a heater and apparently I knocked things into it. The fire is so vivid in my mind yet today. The love that the community showed us still overwhelms me. I learned that in tragedy everyone does pull together, that its important to be there for others even if you don't know them. That the kindness of a stranger can be life changing. Tragedy's do bond people together and family is everything. Stuff is just stuff, memories made are so very important. Those are the things that lift you up. That taking the time to love your loved ones is important and putting things off till tomorrow is a chance. Life is a gift and we need to be grateful for it and live it to the best of our ability. In 2010, my family felt the need to be baptized. So at the same Baptism, my family was saved. That was all inspiring. I could not ask for a better family. We have our ups and downs, we have our fights, but at the end of all our days, we are a family and that will never change.
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