I’m very, very happy to have been chosen to attend the 2014 Young Adult Epilepsy Summit from July 25 to 27 in Washington, DC. According to its website, during the summit, organized by the Epilepsy Foundation and the North American Region International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), “young adults will gather to network, share epilepsy experiences and brainstorm ideas for a regional epilepsy project.” Besides the obvious excitement of meeting and socializing with other young(ish) people who know what it’s like to live with a seizure disorder, the opportunity to (attempt to) contribute in a concrete way to a personally relevant cause is immensely appealing to me. There’s power in action, after all. Is that a saying? Sounds like one, but my stupid Topamax brain is never to be trusted.
But most of all, the primary mission of my blog, even if I frequently stray from it, is to educate readers via embarrassing stories about my adventures with epilepsy and related ailments, and participating in this summit seems like a pretty great way for me to translate public mortification into something a little more … practical. Bring it, DC.