Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nat'l Epilepsy Walk

Thanks to all our friends and family who came out for the walk to support us as well as those that donated or signed up to be a virtual walker. The walk was a huge success. We had 173 members on our team which was the biggest team! There is still much work to be done in the Epilepsy field. So many people are suffering because of this horrible disorder. We are working to make the lives of these families a little easier to bear.
A special thanks to The Sacred Disease for interviewing us and listening to our stories. Watch for their documentary coming out at the end of the year.

Monday, March 21, 2011

National Epilepsy Walk D.C. March 27th, 2011

Here is the link to our team. I think we are the biggest team so far. We are going to have a ton of exposure with everything our team is planning, not to mention they will be filming a movie about Epilepsy at the same time. God Bless and thank you all for your love and support, it means so much to us!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Michael gets his Yellow Belt

Michael has been learning and practicing karate since August. He finally earned his yellow belt last night. We are so so proud of him! We absolutely love his Sensei too. We look forward to him continuing in karate. He will also be participating in his first touranament, the Friendship Cup, on Feb. 12, 2011.
Click on the link!

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

Friday, November 12, 2010


18 months seizure free!!! Yesterday we had our 6 month checkup. Michael bravely gave blood as usual and didn't even cry!
Later, we met with our Dietician, PA and our Epileptologist, Dr. Koh. We successfully weaned Keppra last week which we are very thankful for as it was causing many unwanted side effects. The doctors are very impressed with Michael's progress and think at this point, he has about an 80% chance of outgrowing the epilepsy. However, we still have one more drug to wean as well as the diet. They suggested we wait for another year before attempting that. We will go for another EEG in 6 months.
So right now, we are going to sit back, relax and count our blessings.
We would like to thank our friends, family, Msgr. Yeazal, Sister Rose, Father John, and Father Ahern and our Angels for all of their prayers, blessings, gifts, love and support. We could not have gotten this far without you!
November is Epilepsy Awareness month, so don't forget to showing your support by wearing purple! God Bless~

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

End of Summer

I haven't posted for awhile since we have had a very busy and fun summer. Michael is doing well and we are almost done with our Keppra wean. We will go back in Dec. for a checkup and discuss weaning the Banzel. Michael is coming around every day and it is so good to see our little boy! He is in Karate now and loving every minute! Grandma was just here visting and we had a blast. We count our blessings every day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Camping-July 2010

July has been a very busy month.
Grandparents and sister-in-law with new baby came out. Met our new cousin and nephew for the first time. Had a wonderful 4th of July as well!
Went camping~This was our first camping trip as a family since Michael's dx and since Landen was born. It was a very special time for us. We went up to Granby and got a site right next to the lake. The kids, dog and us had a great time in the lake. Michael caught his first trout! He was so proud of himself as were we. Dad gutted it and attempted to cook it. (That's another story.)
We are looking forward to many more special times and "firsts."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2 years ago...

2 years ago today Michael had his first seizure. Looking back, we have come so far. It has been a long and arduous road and we have learned so much. We have lost friends along the way, but have also gained so much more. Our love and family bond has become incredibly strong. Our perspectives have changed and things that used to seem important, aren't so important now. We still have a long road, but feel so blessed for where we are today. We would like to thank God our Lord and Savior. Without Him, we would have had nowhere to turn. Also, the angels who touched Michael, and our family and friends for all their love and support. Thank you and God Bless~

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Strides for Epilepsy 2010

Briana and I did our 2nd annual 5K Strides for Epilpesy in Denver City Park this past Sunday. It was wet and soggy but cleared up a bit during the walk. Despite the weather, we had a blast! I had some great friends of mine come out to support the cause which really meant a lot! We are looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Funny well visit

I took Michael to his well visit a couple weeks ago.
Leave it to Michael to say what's on his mind. It was our pediatrician and a resident. When the resident walked in, Michael immediately looked at him and did the "I'm watching you" sign. That's when the fun began.
Then the resident was doing the exam and proceeded to take Michael's shoes off. Sometimes Michael wears his shoes without socks so they can get pretty stinky. So when the resident took his shoes off, Michael said, "smell my feet." The resident said, "that's ok, I can smell them from here." In the meantime, our doctor is tearing off paper from the exam table and having a paper fight with Michael and Landen. There was paper everywhere. Then when he was testing Michael's reflexes, the resident tapped his left leg and Michael made his right leg go up. He was being a total clown.
Finally and the best part... after the resident was done with his part of the exam, our pediatrician finished by listening to Michael's heart and such. Michael then said, "your breath stinks." We were laughing so hard at this point. The doctor said it was b/c he had an Italian sandwich for lunch. I told him not to take it personal b/c he tells me my breath smells like eggplant!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Milestone....

Yesterday we decided it was time for Michael to "re-learn" how to ride a bike. He learned when he was 6 yrs. old like most kids, however after he was diagnosed with epilepsy, one of the first things the doctors said was, "no more riding bikes in case he has a seizure and falls."
Now that we have been seizure free for a year now, we decided it was time. Michael was very scared. It took a lot of coaxing and persuasion to even get him in the car to go to Walmart. He cried saying he was embarrassed. It broke our hearts but we kept encouraging him.
We finally chose the bike and headed to the school to practice. Within 2 minutes, Michael was off and riding. The smile on his face was priceless, I wish I had my camera! We kept telling him how awesome he was and how proud we were, but more importantly, how proud he should be of himself. I told Michael as he was riding, "you faced your fear and conquered it!" He said, "yes, I faced my fear and blew it up!"
When we got home, I told him to go ride around outside with his friends. Once again, the smile on his face lit up. He happily told his friends, "I learned how to ride a bike today." His friends were telling him, "great job Michael, you are doing awesome!"
This was such a proud moment and special day for us! We are making progress.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Mike took Michael to have an EEG today to find out if he is still having subclinical seizures or any type for that matter. The results could take up to a week. Depending on what they see, this will determine how we proceed with Michael's current health plan. Please continue to pray for Michael and all the other children suffering from this horrible disorder, especially our friend Aidan. I know they all will fight this beast! God Bless~

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Latest...

Michael has had dizzy spells over the past 1-2 months and he fell at school on Monday and banged up his head pretty good. The neuro team wants him in for another EEG this Friday...hopefully we won't see evidence of new sz activity. Keep your fingers crossed!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Stopping the Med Wean (for now)

Dizzy spells continue. Michael's teacher also reports that he was out of it and in his own world this previous the sz's may be starting to creep back in-The Beast won't go away quietly. I hate this personally and I hate it for every person impacted by this disease. Strength, Hope, Faith, Courage

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Michael mentioned he had a dizzy spell again last night. Waiting to hear from the doctor. Although with our friend's son in a medical induced coma to stop his seizures via burst suppression, dizzy spells don't seem so bad. My heart breaks for them. I don't know what I would do if that were my son lying there. Prayers to Aidan, Karen and Ben.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Med Wean-Keppra

The med wean (keppra) continues to go well...keep your fingers crossed!! Will have another 5-6 months of weaning for this and then we move on to wean his other meds.

Learned today that one of the kids Micahel met at Children's hospital is not doing well. The Dr's are going to place him in a med induced comma to see if that helps with his sz's...hang in there Aidan! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stay the Course & Roll the Dice

Michael has no school on Friday-so we're off to the Dr's to get an update. We're going to continue with the med wean of today-we have been dropping his meds since January. Dizzy spells seem to be the only issue-we'll take it for now!!! You miss 100% of the chances you do not take...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Beast

So Michael's form of Epilepsy is called "the beast." There are days when you think you've beaten it and then it happens again out of nowhere. Went to baseball practice with him the other day and he told me his his "mind was spinning." I asked he what he meant & it turns out he gets dizzy spells. Have no idea what causes these-could be from the med wean-but just another thing to think about as this process has continued for almost 2 years. It drains you in every aspect and everyday is a fight...fight on!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

February '09-Neuropsych at DCH

This day would be at the top of my "lowest moments" list.
We were scheduled for a Neuropsych to begin initiating Michael's IEP for school and to gage his neurocognitive functioning and to assist with clinical management. With all the seizures he was having, this particular day was horrible. It was an 8 hour test with 2 15 min breaks and a 45 min. lunch. I had my 9 month old baby in tow waiting outside for Michael to be put through a mirage of testing by the hospital's psychologist.
He was having so many seizures that day, they weren't even sure if he would be able to finish. He was hallucinating and saying words and colors that weren't even there. Having drops and absence left and right.
The final outcome was heartbreaking. He went from grade level back to kindergarten level. We rec'd an 8 page heartbreaking report. Weaknesses were noted: Verbal memory was far below average, expressive language skills, including naming and verbal formulation as well as attention and executive functioning skills, including working memory, response inhibition, self-monitoring and planning/organization. Verbal memory was also far below average. "These findings are likely related to Michael's medical history. Children with epilepsy are at greater risk for cognitive problems."

My little boy was slipping out of my fingers...I felt so helpless, how was I going to save my son?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dr's Appt Today

Jenee took Michael to the Dr's today. Pretty basic appt...however they wanted to know why weren't following the medication wean that they had suggested. It was just that, a suggestion. Everytime we make any changes to his diet / meds...we're always sitting on the edge of our seats, watching and waiting. Epilepsy is not an exact science...all we can do is get out of bed like we did the day before & go get it done.

Cool News-Michael has joined chess club and has picked up the game quickly. I love playing with him.

Thanks everyone for your goes a long way.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What SZ's

Within weeks of that late May event...Michael was sz least from what we could see. Which of course is not a guarantee. It's all about Hope, Faith, Strength, and Courage.

Mom and family were a great support for us during this entire time...I think they had every church in the country praying for Michael. She lit a candle for him every day. We were receiving precious pendants, Holy water, Holy oil and cards and gifts. Priests, Nuns and children all over were praying for Michael. Our priest gave us a St. Michael pendant-it is Michael's favorite item from all of this-St. Micahel is is the protector and defender who killed the beast.

All we can say is that we're thankful for every day that our my little boy comes back to us.

We still have a long road ahead of weaning the meds and diet but we are taking each day as a blessing...things are starting to look up!