Chicago, DoD and CURE Epilepsy by Pat

This post comes to you from one of our members who enjoyed an incredible experience in Chicago. We hope you find his words as inspiring as we do. 

Chicago, Chicago, Chicago!!!!!!! This is a great city.

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Patty, Wilson and I went there for the CURE: Epilepsy Fundraiser. Interesting story how we became friends. I got hurt in Iraq in 2007. In November, I was in the RIC in Chicago and I had my first seizure. In 2008 the CURE asked Patty to write a story about us. In 2008 I had seizures every month. The first 2 years I had 15 seizures. The next 4 years I had two seizure. For 3 years I have had no seizures!!! Every time I had a seizure it was a grand mal.

Since 2008 I have been friends with the CURE. And they are very nice. They believe that epilepsy needs to stop. But they will need to start from scratch. No doctors have gotten into it for soldiers. The DoD realized that many soldiers, in the war, got concussions or ended with seizures. The DoD asked the CURE about epilepsy. “Can epilepsy go away?” (If you have 2 seizures, you have it for life.) Veterans say things like, “I took a blast in Iraq or Afghanistan after one or two years later I started having seizures.” The DoD gave the CURE money to stop epilepsy!!!

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Ending epilepsy will be awesome.

This will be a huge deal. When your car is out of gas you pump it up. If your grass is very long you mow it. I am happy that the CURE is going forward. How do you get rid of seizures? Will epilepsy be there for the rest of creation? Is the brain just that smart? It is all interesting.

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