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November Story of Hope & Epilepsy Awareness Giveaway {Winner Announcement}

Posted by Jenna White on Nov, Wed 16, 2011

Thank you to everyone who shared our Epilepsy Awareness Story of Hope and to those who entered our giveaway.

The winner is: Leslie, "I have two daughters with epilepsy. My oldest was diagnosed at 5 and 2 1/2 years later when my little one turned the same age she had her first seizure. When we got my little one's diagnosis, the first thing she said was that she was excited to be like her big sister. I would give the bracelet to me little one because purple is her favorite color with the hope that like many things, she would share it with her sister."


This post is brought to you by a special customer of ours, Lisa and her daughter Sophie.  Sophie was diagnosed with Epilepsy a little over a year ago and would like to share her story of hope and help bring awareness to Epilepsy. 

sophie weiss

When was Sophie diagnosed?

My daughter Sophie, was diagnosed 17 months ago.  I had noticed her drifting off and her eyes wandering up for at least a year and no one else had seen it or believed me.  It wasn't until she fell while standing still that I decided to call her pediatrician and get her input.  She referred me to a neurologist and he sent Sophie for an EEG even before seeing her. 

How was Sophie diagnosed?

The EEG included attaching electrodes to Sophie's head to monitor brain waves, and the use of flashing lights and having Sophie blowing on a pinwheel, hyperventilating to try and trigger seizures.  From the EEG and other symptoms he concluded Sophie has childhood absence epilepsy. 

epilepsy awareness How have you handled the diagnosis?

It has been a long and difficult road for treatment and medication is done on a trial and error basis.  A medicine that works for one person will have a totally different effect on another. For Sophie, we have not yet found a cocktail that controls her seizures.  Sophie's diagnosis has been difficult for our family and also in school.  Absence seizures are not grand mal type seizures and some people do not see them and therefore, doubt her diagnosis and the frequency that she has seizures.  Her teachers have had to watch carefully and repeat directions often for Sophie.  At home her sisters have had to become more aware of their surroundings so they can help keep her safe. 

Sophie's seizures are unpredictable and have changed since her diagnosis. This is common for epileptics and no one knows whether or not her seizures will grow into grand mal seizures or if Sophie will outgrow her epilepsy. We like to hope that soon we will have control of Sophie's epilepsy and it will no longer have control over her.

Where can others go to learn more about Epilepsy?

EpilepsyFoundation.org is a great resource for anything epilepsy related for parents, teachers and anyone else who may want to get more knowledge.

Does Sophie wear a medical ID?

Sophie wears a beautiful Lauren's Hope bracelet!  We inscribed her name, first and last, her meds, and both my phone number and my husband's phone number on it.

In honor of Epilepsy Awareness month we're hosting a giveaway!  We'd like to give away the following beautiful purple medical ID bracelet to someone with Epilepsy in the hopes that it keeps you safe while brightening your day.  This giveaway is for the following bracelet strand only.  Giveaway ends Monday, November 21, 2011.

A244 purple lipgloss no tag


A244 Purple Lipgloss Medical ID Bracelet

In order to enter this giveaway please do the following:

1. Leave a comment letting us know who this Epilepsy Awareness bracelet is for. {mandatory}

2. Sign up for our sale, giveaway and promo code email offers and leave a comment letting me know you did. {+1 entry}

3. Share this Epilepsy Awareness giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did. {+1 entry}

4. Like Lauren's Hope on Facebook and leave a comment. {+1 entry}

5. Tweet about this Epilepsy Awareness Giveaway. "I just entered a Lauren's Hope Epilepsy Awareness Giveaway!"  Tweet This! {+1 entry}

This giveaway is now closed.

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