Until I came across the blog Calvin’s Story, I did not know much about epilepsy. When I hear the word epilepsy, I think seizures. But I never knew how truly debilitating the disease can be.
I was introduced to the blog after my son came home with a note from school telling me about a visit from his classmate’s mom. Christy Shake, the author of Calvin’s Story, educated the kids about why Calvin is different from them. She explained that he was born too early and that his brain doesn’t work the same way as theirs. She wrote a post about the experience.
Calvin has been in G’s class for the past two years – in kindergarten and in first grade. Calvin endures terrible seizures, which drugs have yet to completely control and have caused significant developmental delays. You can read more about Calvin and Christy’s experiences taking care of him on her blog.
I share this with you because today is International Epilepsy Awareness Day. If you do anything today, please go over and read a post on the Calvin’s Story blog. It is well-written, informative and raw. It will make you think. It will make you smile. It will bring a tear to your eye. It’s not always easy to read. And that’s exactly why you should read it. For Calvin. For Christy. And for all those who suffer from, or are affected by, epilepsy.