This is part of a month-long series that my teen daughter and I are writing about her life and learning to live with epilepsy. To start at the beginning, click here.
Beth and I were planning on talking about her diagnosis today but it's taking me longer than I thought to write that post. It's harder than I thought to revisit those emotions, too, so I'm going to come back to it in a little bit. Plus, in her post yesterday, Emily's Thoughts, my oldest daughter brought up our favorite book about seizures and I wanted to say a bit more about it.
The book is Becky the Brave: A Story about Epilepsy by Laurie Lears. When she was younger, this book gave Beth confidence, hope, and the knowledge that she wasn't alone. After she had a seizure at school, she and I read the book aloud to her entire class to help explain seizures.
If you have a child under 10 with seizures or know a child with seizures and wonder how to explain it to your kids, this is the book you want. It gives a basic explanation of seizures as well as an understanding of what the child with epilepsy might be feeling.
As a mom, this book also made me realize how very scary the social aspects of seizures can be, too. I've said it a million times but Beth is truly the definition of courage and bravery to me.
I created this layout after she had the seizure at school and used to have it framed in our hallway so that she would always know how proud we were of her.
When I look at this layout, my first thought is just how cute she was a second-grader. And when I think about how little she was AND that she'd been battling epilepsy for over two years at this point, I'm just awed by her courage.
*If you'd like to read all of our 31 Days posts about living with epilepsy, click on the button on the sidebar or start here. And if you're wondering what the heck is going on and who Beth is, click here. :)