Once becoming diagnosed with Epilepsy, our world began to fall apart for my husband Chris and I. The home we had moved into to officially begin our lives as husband and wife, the home I had poured so much love into with decor and a flower garden in the back began to slip away like awakening from a dream. Soon after the diagnosis, I left my job to adjust physically and emotionally. Not long, my husband was laid off from his job. Medical bills had no sympathy and began to pile up in our mailbox and we were running out of options to keep up with the bills and rent. It broke my heart to know that we had to say good-bye to our first home. Having nowhere to go, thankfully our family took us in. Yes, I cried a bit as we packed. I cried as we locked the door for the last time. Sitting down the very first night in our family’s home, I broke down and sobbed. Tears pouring down my face and dripping from my chin. Diagnosed with Epilepsy, we lost our home, we had no place to call home, all of our belongings piled in our family’s garage. The heartache and stress was just too much to bare and I suffered many seizures during this time period. There were points in time when it came too much and I had to leave to stay with another family member for a while just to get away from the heartache. Did it help? Nah. Not really. It only made the ache and emptiness worse. However, Chris and I were determined to bounce back from this set back. It took much will, determination, prayer and faith. A few months later, we were able to get a very small apartment here. Where we’ve been for two years now. Working hard to rise above the ashes and become better than ever before. This apartment, though it wasn’t much, we were thankful to be on our own once again. To have a place to call a ‘Home’ of our own. We’ve built beautiful lasting memories in this tiny apartment. Adopted two adorable girl cats Paisley and Jaycee. Chris developed his own graphic design company 4FrontDesign and works hard to continue developing it. Daily, I put my heart and soul into The Epilepsy Network (TEN) promoting Epilepsy awareness, education and advocacy and loving every minute of it while continuing to journey my diagnosis. Now, after two years of living here in the city that I was born in raised in, I can happily say that Chris and I are preparing to leave in 4 days to a brand new and much bigger home in a brand new and much bigger city. 3 1/2 hours away and 197 miles away from all we’ve ever known. Where we’re headed, we know not a single soul. Everything we’ve ever known will be left sitting right here watching us pull away in the moving van. A brand new city awaits our arrival and we prepare to greet it with much anticipation and excitement. New and exciting opportunities lie in wait for our arrival. I look forward to embracing the community, bringing Epilepsy Awareness to this new city, and planting an even more beautiful flower garden once again. Our families have been so supportive even with tears in their eyes as they will miss us so very dearly. No, of course its not a good-bye but a part of them can’t help but to feel this way understandably. We’re taking a major leap yes, but it is a leap of faith for good things to come. To begin again when our beginning was cut short nearly 5 years ago. To grow as individuals and as a married couple. I will miss this city, certain places and people in it and I hold the good aspects close to my heart as we embark on a new adventure.
I am a happily-ever-after wife, an Epilepsy Diagnosee, Advocate for Epilepsy Awareness (The Epilepsy Network), life lover & Christ inspired! Life is a journey and I'm loving every moment of it. Even the bumps in the road!