Beautifully Different – Jillian
A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs
Jillian is Beautifully Different
Meet Jillian. This amazing girl is your typical amazing 11 year old girl, in almost every way. However, in May of 2017, Jillian was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder in which the normal chemical and electrical activities between nerve cells in the brain (neurons) become disturbed. This disturbance causes the neurons to fire abnormally, causing seizures. In a seizure, many neurons fire at the same time, much faster than usual, up to 500 times a second. Over a lifetime, 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at sometime in their life. Jillian is 1 in 26, and Jillian is Beautifully Different!
Last May, Jillian had a seizure after a soccer game, then she had another seizure after basketball camp a week later. She went through many tests and was finally diagnosed with epilepsy. Her doctors have struggled to find any medicine that can control the seizures. She has had to miss countless sports practices and games and is struggling in school. Also, Jillian has had auras almost daily. An aura is a feeling, experience, or movement that just seems different. It can also be a warning that a seizure is going to happen.
Sweet. Warrior. Energetic.
Jillian lives to play sports! She has always wanted to be a professional soccer player when she grows up! However, her epilepsy has caused her to take a temporary step back from sports as she has had seizures during soccer practices, soccer games, and basketball games. She continues to amaze her family with her strength through all of the hospital stays, the millions of tests, the numerous seizures, and the drastic change this has made in her life! She is their epilepsy warrior!!!!