I’ve been successfully on the Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) for 5 months now. It has been going so well, that honestly there is not much to report. However, I had no seizures at all this month! This is HUGE because that has never happened in the 16 years I’ve had seizures!! As an added bonus in total I have lost 35 lbs.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. We attended the annual conference at Deaconess Hospital. There were some great topics discussed. My doctor was one of the speakers and talked about partnering with your doctors. It was interesting to hear what the doctor is thinking when he meets a patient for the first time. It was fun to see him out of the office and in a more casual setting.
We had a really nice Thanksgiving with family. I took a low carb taco shell, some bacon and green beans with me. I ate turkey and for dessert had some sugar free jello with whipped cream. I didn’t miss any of my usual Thanksgiving dinner favorites like mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
I’ve been lactose intolerant my entire life and over the past few weeks discovered that I can eat modest amounts of cheese. I’d forgotten how good cheese is since I had to mostly avoid it. I added cooked broccoli with a little cheese on it to my diet.
I have my regular appointment with my doctor in a few weeks and can’t wait to share with them how well it is going. I am so thankful for their good care all these years and recommending the diet.
As the weather has gotten cold, I have been craving some hot chocolate. I found cacao powder at Costco which I look forward to trying.
I have continued to stick with the Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) as a seizure therapy. I’ve been on it for 4 months and it continues to go well.
This month I had a few bumps in the road. My seizures are still well controlled. However, I’ve noticed it is getting a little harder on some days to stick with the diet. The most difficult thing is the fact that I feel like I’m always thinking about food and what I’m going to eat next! Towards the end of the day I’m thinking did I get enough fat, carbs, protein, and fiber today? I’m not measuring portions as much, but it is still often enough that it makes me focus on food. I still use the Carb Manager app to track these things, but it makes me crazy to always have food on my mind. Some people meal plan for their week or at least 3 days at a time. I found this hard to do because on some days what I planned a couple of days ago doesn’t sound good. I use Carb Manager to plan food one day at a time, but again this keeps me thinking about food.
Earlier in the month I got a little bit sick with a stomach bug. First of all, when you get sick often times seizures can get worse. If you have escalated seizures, one of the first things neurology will ask you about is if you have been sick or think you’re getting sick. When I know I’m getting sick I tend to worry because I know my seizures will get worse. They could be worse for a short time or weeks after being sick. Getting back to baseline after being sick is a challenge.
Unfortunately, because I was sick I did have a few more small seizures over the course of the 4-5 days I wasn’t feeling well. I haven’t been having any seizures during waking hours, but on a few of those sick days I had a few small motor seizures during the day. Since I don’t get sick very often I’m kind of a chicken and hardly know what to do with myself. Being sick was nothing like it used to be before this diet therapy. I got through the sickness much better than I used to with minimal seizures. I’m so thankful for that!
Because my stomach was bothering me, my eating was off. Since I couldn’t eat my usual comfort foods like chicken noodle soup, something simple like saltine crackers or toast, I had to get creative. As I’ve mentioned throughout this journey I’m a person who finds a few foods I like and rotates them. I did get concerned because of the high fat and my upset stomach. I wasn’t sure how I could keep my fat to carbs plus protein up to a ratio of 1:1 and remain in ketosis. I tested my ketones once a day over those 4-5 days and was always in the correct range that has worked so far. The nutritionist also gave me some good ideas. It has been so great to have someone to consult and learn from as I figure this diet out.
So what did I find to eat?
First, I ate a lot of eggs with butter. I left out the
sausage and bacon I usually eat in the morning. I was able to eat a little
Second, we got creative made an egg drop soup.
1 tsp. of Better Than Boullion
1 cup of water
2 oz. of canned chicken
I also ate the 5 carb taco shells that I enjoy, whole wheat CarbBalance. It is a good source of fiber. I put cinnamon, butter and Swerve on it. I haven’t had to use a fiber supplement much but over the days I wasn’t feeling well I did.
I also switched over to unsweetened almond milk and have been drinking one or two glasses a day with 2-3 Tbsp. of heavy whipping cream. I didn’t used to like almond milk, but as I wrote last month I have to enjoy the small things and not miss the foods I can no longer eat.
Another challenge this month was the fact that the joints in my toes have been sore. I went to primary care doctor and she didn’t really have answers. We did some blood tests and tested for gout, but everything was fine. I was referred to an orthopedist but we didn’t learn much there either. However, the x-rays didn’t show any signs of arthritis. I posted a question up on the Modified Adkins Diet for Seizures support Facebook group about whether or not joint pain was part of this diet. One person responded and she does have sore toes off and on. Her doctor thought maybe what she had going on was gout, but wasn’t sure. To try to lessen her joint pain she looked up foods to avoid or eat in moderation if you have gout. She encouraged me to do some of my own research. Everything I can eat and other suggestions to avoid is on the list I discovered with my research. I’ve been mixing it up a little more alternating chicken and beef. I don’t know that it makes a difference. However, I’d take sore toes over seizures any day!
I had one night this month that I woke with seizures. Thankfully it didn’t last long, but it did throw me for a loop. We’ve decided in the last 4 months, at least once or twice a month I do wake up in the night from seizures. For the most part, I sleep through any seizures I may having. I always check my ketones for the next couple days if I notice a seizure. When I’ve had seizures, my ketones have been a bit low. Over the past week I’ve decided that I need to up my fat so that I’m closer to a 1:1.3 ratio to stay in a higher ketosis.
I made chocolate chip fat bombs to get a quick boost of fat. This makes about 9 servings, but I eat 2/3 of a serving. There are 2 carbs in one fat bomb and 14 grams of fat.
¾ c. whipping cream
½ c. butter
¾ c. Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour
¼ c. Swerve
½ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
¼ c. sugar free 85% dark chocolate chips
Store the fat bombs in the freezer
Also, to satisfy my candy cravings at Halloween I found sugar free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (1 carb each) on Amazon. So good!! This was my favorite candy previous to this diet (not sugar free of course). I also enjoy the Atkins chocolate coconut bars (2 carbs). They taste much like a Mounds candy bar. I also found sugar free Peppermint York Patties. I look forward to trying those sometime too.
We had a conference at church this month. Friday night was when I woke from seizures. In the past when I had a night like that, I would not feel like going somewhere early the next morning. This diet has changed my life so much because I was able to attend the conference early Saturday morning. I was a little tired, but I made it.
My weight loss has slowed down some but I continue to lose.
I feel better just from the weight loss.
As some of you know last May I started a handmade card business. It has been slow, but over the past couple weeks I’ve had some good opportunities to get the cards out there. Larry Myers at River Ridge Hardware is now selling my cards at his store. Last week a florist from California whom I made a small order for a few months ago contacted me for more cards.
I’ve also been volunteering remotely for Focus on the Family
and their Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) children’s radio drama for the past
couple years. Volunteering for them has been a great opportunity! I work with a
team of other volunteers across the country who are also remote. We market AIO
through our social media accounts. I’ve been able to volunteer more closely
(still remote) with the AIO marketing team. This month they beta tested their
Club Membership app. I had the opportunity to help with collecting the data.
I took the membership class at church this past month too. This is a big deal for me because that would’ve been hard to do when I was having more seizures. The class was during the early church service and it was always hard for me to get up early. I’m still a huge fan of second service, but being able to attend that class was just one more step to a more “normal” life. I’ve continued to be able to keep up and participate in things, still confident I don’t have to worry about having a seizure. I have always needed a nap in the afternoons and now I can make it through most days without one if I have to. The dog on the other hand misses our snuggle time in the afternoon and loves her routine! Let’s be honest everyone loves a nap.
Every month I’m getting more of my life back. I am thankful to have time and feel well enough to enjoy all the new opportunities I’ve been given. Life is not perfect and this month especially had its challenges but it was so minor in comparison to the daily seizures I used to have.
Thank you for continuing on this journey with me. I look
forward to writing my November and December updates as I learn how to enjoy
this new diet over the holidays.
I have now been on the Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) for 3
months and it’s continued to go really well. I am not having seizures during
the day. I am sleeping through the night, so if I am having any seizures we don’t
know about them.
This Fall has gotten off to a great start. I have been able to be more involved at church. I started taking piano lessons again. I can confidently go places and not always be concerned or worried about having a seizure and leaving early. Overall, I feel better and much more in control of my life. I am also having less days thinking about how this diet could just stop working. It’s good to know that if your body responds to the diet initially, it should continue to work.
I’ve already started looking for Thanksgiving recipes to substitute mashed potatoes and other dinner favorites. This weekend we just broke a record set in 1926, the last time snow accumulated in September. Even though I was looking for recipes, I promise I did not wish for snow this early!
I found a MAD support group on Facebook. Many of the people
in the group have children on the diet, but I have communicated with some
adults on the diet as well. One person I was in contact with has been on the
diet for 2+ years and as she said, “I got my life back!” I learned she likes to
travel and because of seizures it was difficult to do that. After being on the
diet she was able to travel out of the country and enjoy herself. The admin of
the group recently contacted me as well and let me know that her son has been
doing well on the diet for 10 years!
People have also shared recipes and some of their favorite
food options. The group has been an encouragement to me.
All of my labs look good and today I was given the “OK” by
the nutritionist to try increasing my carbs a bit. As long as I stay in ketosis
and my seizures don’t get worse we can give it a try.
I have to add more veggies in my diet. Green beans are a staple
and I also found Kirkland mixed veggies from Costco as another low carb option.
After looking at the nutrition label I realized I can eat a
serving of Trader Joe’s party meatballs. I absolutely loved these for a snack or
in spaghetti previous to this new diet. I have to skip the sauces now, but they
still taste good. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things. Honestly, I have
forgotten what a lot of my favorite foods taste like which makes it easier to
stick with the diet. Occasionally I do crave a cookie or chocolate, but for the
most part I don’t usually miss it. I pretty much recycle my food options
throughout the week. Have hamburger a couple days, chicken another day, my homemade
pizza option on a Friday night etc. It works for me.
This week has been 2 years since my medically induced coma
hospitalization to calm my brain and get better seizure control. Often times
when the seasons change, specifically in the Fall and Spring I get into more
seizure trouble. My hope is that this year will be different and I will not get
into any trouble.
Lately, I’ve had the thought about what my life might have been had we tried this diet sooner. It is what it is and I know that. However, it’s hard for me not to wonder. I also realize that had my seizures been under control or better controlled at the beginning I would not have had time to build some of the relationships I have today. I spent a lot of time with my Nana when she was still living. We had a very special relationship. Had my seizures been under control I wouldn’t have been able to spend so much time with her.
It was really hard to give up what I thought my life would be. Now that I’m doing better, I look forward to what this new life could be. I am not getting my hopes up, but I see a much brighter future for myself.
It’s been two months now since I started the Modified Atkins Diet. Everything has continued to go well. I have had a few seizures, but it has been about half as many as I was having before. They are small motor seizures and do not affect my thinking. I can still enjoy life and the seizures do not make me tired and confused. I’ve continued to get good sleep almost every night. As an extra bonus, I have lost 20 lbs. My neurologist has been very pleased with these results and how well my body has responded to the diet.
I’ve always been someone who finds a few favorite foods and just rotates them. I have been able to find a few meals that I like. My typical breakfast is eggs and sausage or bacon with tea and 2 Tbsp. of heavy whipping cream (for extra fat).
Unfortunately, I have always had trouble with lactose; however, for a lunch snack I’m able to get away with a Greek yogurt (3 carbs). Some options to go with that are almonds, pepperoni slices, summer sausage, raspberries, coconut clusters from Costco, or unsweetened shredded coconut, to name a few.
I found some 5 carb taco shells at the grocery store. (Mission brand, whole wheat, Carb Balance). I use these for bread and I often make tacos. It’s all about reading labels. I enjoy making a chicken wrap, or something with hamburger. We made a really yummy meatloaf the other night as well. Lettuce and other veggies have carbs in them so I have to pay attention and eat those in moderation as well.
I have eaten out three times while doing this diet, once for breakfast which is easy. The other two times I had a hamburger and a grilled chicken sandwich using lettuce leaves for the bun. So it can be done.
I use an app to help me look up foods without a nutrition
label. I also have another app that helps me track my carbs, fat, protein,
fiber and calories in my day. Modern technology is wonderful!
Every day I take a multi-vitamin, calcium and a fiber
supplement. I have to pay close attention because fiber has carbs in it. I have
to factor those in as part of my 15-20 a day (We only count net carbs). I also
find fiber in raspberries, nuts and seeds, and the taco shells have quite a bit
of fiber in them as well.
This month I had a birthday. We usually have dinner or go out to eat. Birthdays usually involve some kind of dessert. This year we decided to have a girls’ night and go to Mamma Mia at the Valley Summer Theatre. We had such a good time! That musical is so entertaining and the cast was awesome! Very well done!
I made a simple dessert of 1/2 cup frozen raspberries with whipped heavy cream (with 1 tsp of sucralose), and cinnamon and sucralose on a low carb taco shell. To go with it, I made a “root beer float” using diet A&W root beer and 3 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream. Surprisingly not all diet root beers are created equal, and A&W is my favorite for the root beer float option. This is becoming a staple to get enough fat in a day.
Getting enough fat in the day has helped me stay in the correct range of ketosis. I test about twice a week. I have had to limit my protein a little too. The nutritionist has been very helpful to figure out a good balance; I am so thankful to have her.
We decided to get together as a family and do homemade pizza as part of my birthday celebration as well. The pizza is no Papa Murphy’s or Pizza Hut but it is still satisfying and has a good taste. I make it with a low carb taco shell, Trader Joe’s marinara with 1 carb per Tbsp, 1 oz of grated cheese with less than 1 carb, 6 pepperoni slices, 1 oz cooked pork sausage, and 1 or 2 slices of crumbled bacon. I heat it in the microwave to melt the cheese. (I preheat the sausage to a safe temperature since I keep cooked sausage always available in the refrigerator.)
Another satisfying dessert is sugar free jello with homemade whipped cream and raspberries. Atkins brand also makes different bars and treats. I enjoy the chocolate coconut bars. They are similar to a Mounds candy bar. To be fair, I do miss my favorite M&M’s and Oreos. However, I choose to stick with this diet and have less seizures, which is way better than all of those sweets. I remind myself to be thankful for the foods I can eat, instead of missing the foods I can’t eat.
I am looking forward to this upcoming Fall. I’m excited to be able to be more involved at church and confident that I won’t have to leave early or fear having a seizure. Every day I have more confidence.
Thanks for following me on this journey and feel free contact me with questions or leave a comment below.
Faith is taking the next step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
Just before my senior year in high school, I was diagnosed
with epilepsy. Over the past 16 years we have tried every seizure medication
that is appropriate for me to try. I have had a few EEG’s and two surgery
consults at Harborview. We learned from those that I am not a surgical
candidate. This was very disappointing. We then tried a Vagus Nerve Stimulator
(VNS) which is helping some, but I am still uncontrolled. I have 10-16 seizures
a day. Sometimes for no apparent reason my daily seizures increase to 20-30 a
day. This happens once or twice a year for 6-10 weeks.
Daily seizures changed my life. I had to give up many
things. My college plans changed and I had to give up driving. I had always
wanted to go to school and live on campus. Instead I lived at home and went to
the community college. I learned to live with the cards I’d been dealt, but it
wasn’t easy. It became hard to make plans because I might have a bad day and
have to cancel. Eventually people moved on. I’ve always had supportive friends
and family. I hoped and prayed that we would find something to help me be
seizure free or, if anything, have less frequent seizures.
Two years ago, I had a big flare up and ended up in the
hospital in a medically induced coma to try to calm my brain. After that I
spent about 6 months as an outpatient at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation working with
therapists to recover from the coma. My brain did calm down but I still continued
to have daily seizures (my doctor did not anticipate the seizures going away
altogether and we knew this going in). We had tried everything to calm my
brain, but after several weeks a medically induced coma, unfortunately, was our
best option. I did better for the next year or so.
In April 2019 I had another flare up. We adjusted my meds a
bit, but it was still a huge struggle. For the past year or more I have not
slept through the night without being awakened by seizures. I had a fatigue
work up and discovered that I have mild sleep apnea. I now wear a CPAP when I
sleep. Now that I am sleeping more deeply, when I would wake from seizures I
would be more confused and frantic. Every day was a new day. I could never
figure out why I was hurting or what was happening. We decided this is because
I was further into my seizure and too confused to realize what was going on. I
have focal impaired awareness seizures. I do not lose consciousness and only my
left side is affected.
After much communication with my neurologist and PA, they
suggested two other options. One was to try another medication or the ketogenic
diet. I chose to start with the diet, as I was not thrilled about the potential
side effects of the medication option.
Neurology sent me to a nutritionist to begin the process of
starting the diet. It took some time to get in with someone, but it has been worth it. I began by meeting with
the nutritionist and she gave me some good information and resources about the
ketogenic diet and epilepsy. She also went over some good nutritional scales,
side effects of the diet and other information. We decided I should try the
Modified Atkins Diet (MAD). This is much like the Ketogenic Diet, however, it includes
less fat, no limit on protein and 15-20 carbs a day as opposed to 10-15 carbs a
day. The MAD is more tolerated in adults.
Before beginning the diet, I took a week or so to gather
what I needed. I started some meal plans and looked up foods and recipes I could
eat on the diet. I’ve always been a picky eater, but I was determined to give
this diet a try. I read the book, Ketogenic
and Modified Atkins Diets: Treatments for Epilepsy and Other Disorders. I
did a lot of Googling and found some good information on epilepsy.com as well
as a webinar on the diets.
At the beginning of July, I began the MAD. The first day was hard because overnight I changed my eating habits. I started with simple eggs, sausage and tea with heavy whipping cream (extra fat) for breakfast. We went shopping several times and read labels to find the low carb foods. It’s amazing how many carbs we eat a day. I continued to look up recipes on Pinterest.
During the first week, I didn’t feel very well. I had been
warned that I may feel bad. I got to the point where I really wasn’t hungry or
the smallest bit of food was satisfying. I drank lots of water and within 24
hours of the diet I began losing weight. By day 2 I was officially in ketosis.
We slowly started seeing more positive effects when it came to my seizures. I
began sleeping through the night and in the first week we noticed that I was
having about half as many seizures a day as I was having before beginning the
diet. By week two I was having some days in which I didn’t have a seizure at
all. At times I noticed my VNS was firing more frequently, but there was no sign
of an actual seizure. My VNS must be helping more than we realized.
One morning I woke up feeling terrible like I’d had a lot of
seizures. I was sweaty and felt sick. I looked back in my notes and realized I
had not eaten very balanced the day before. When I tested my ketones the strip
was lighter. I was still in ketosis, but not as much as I had been previous to
this bad morning. I reached out to the nutritionist and she advised me to lower
my carb intake to about 10-15g, lower my protein to 50g, and eat only 800
calories for the next three days. That should get me back into a higher level of
ketosis faster. Sure enough, it worked and I stopped having trouble. I was back
to my new baseline.
I was thankful that I did have a bad day, because I learned
about what to adjust and what my body needed to stay in the “right” level of
ketosis. After the first week I started testing my ketones once a day and now
by month 2 I am testing twice a week.
This has been incredible! I can’t believe that after all these years we finally found a therapy that is working for me. Our prayers have been answered. I am so thankful that the epilepsy doctors are revisiting dietary therapies as a treatment.
It has officially been a month and I have gone 14 days without a seizure. I know that is not very many but the MAD is working. I am excited and nervous about what this new normal might mean for my life. I feel as though I have been given a second chance to make a better life for myself. The possibilities seem endless. I am not focused on just trying to survive a day and hope I wouldn’t have too many seizures. I’ve noticed that my thought processing is better and, overall I feel better. I don’t feel like I’m trying to shake the cobwebs from my head all the time. Losing weight has been an extra bonus.
I have decided to blog my personal journey and will be posting about how things are going about once a month. My hope is that these blog posts will be encouraging to those with epilepsy and their loved ones. Please do not begin this diet on your own as a therapy, but rather talk to your doctor and get the help of a nutritionist.
Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diets: Treatments for Epilepsy and Other Disorders (6th Edition) by Eric H. Kossoff, MD et al
There are many different ways seizures present themselves.
To begin, let’s learn the “new” and most current terms and definitions. There are 3 different groups of seizures.
Generalized onset seizures
Focal onset seizures
Unknown onset seizures
Generalized onset seizures include tonic-clonic (“older” term is grand mal), absence (“older” term is petit mal) and atonic seizures. Atonic seizures are also know as “drop attacks” or “drop seizures”.
How do generalized onset seizures present themselves?
Tonic-clonic are what most people think of when someone says the word seizure. Let’s face it, that’s pretty much all you see in movies and on TV.
A person’s muscles stiffen, they lose consciousness and fall to the floor. They begin to shake uncontrollably, and may lose control of their bladder. Tonic-clonic seizures usually last 1-3 minutes. As the person regains consciousness, they may be confused, sleepy and irritable. If a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes 911 should be called.
Absence seizures begin and end abruptly. The person may stare or appear to be daydreaming. The person will recover immediately and often times these seizures are not detected for months.
There are two types of absence seizures:
1. Typical absence
A person may stop their activity, stare or their eyes may roll back in their head. These are the most common and last usually less than 10 seconds.
2. Atypical absence
An atypical absence may last longer and come on more slowly with different symptoms. Some of these symptoms include staring, changes in muscle tone and movement. The person my smack their lips, or make hand motions. Atypical seizures may last up to 20 seconds or longer.
Atonic seizures also known as drop attacks happen from loss of of muscle “tone.” Part or all of the person my go limp. A protective headgear my be needed since the person may fall to the floor. Atonic seizures my start in childhood and continue to adulthood.
Focal onset seizures present themselves in two different ways:
Focal onset aware seizures, previously known as simple partial seizures. A person is awake and aware during the seizure.
Focal onset impaired awareness, previously know as complex partial seizures. A person’s awareness may be affected or they may be confused during the seizure.
Finally, unknown onset seizures are when the beginning of a seizure is unknown. Often times these seizures are later diagnosed as focal or generalized seizures.
When you hear the word seizure or epilepsy, I always say, “People watch too much TV.” There is so much more to it.
It truly has been a lazy, hazy crazy summer! We have been busy, but it has been great. We had a nice time at our family reunion in Manzanita, Oregon. The beach was beautiful and the weather was fairly nice. We stayed at a place called The Old Schoolhouse. It was a school house converted into a beach house and perfect for a large group.
A few days after returning from the ocean some of the family attended a friend’s wedding in Michigan.
Anna and Nate got a new puppy this summer. He is a golden retriever named Appa. Holly, my dog was not very impressed by Appa and was even fine to share her bed and bone with him.
We finished out our summer travels with our annual time at Loon Lake. The weather was perfect! We hit over 100 degrees a couple days! Many friends joined us throughout the week. Some friends brought their boat out for the day and took everyone tubing and water skiing. The paddle boards were a lot of fun too!
My birthday is towards the end of August so we had some friends and family over to celebrate and watch a movie on the lawn. We watched Mrs. Doubtfire! How can you go wrong with Robin Williams?
With all the near by fires, it has made for lots of haze and very poor air quality.
We are thankful for the rain and clearer skies this week. All in all, it has been a great summer! Looking forward to what the Fall holds. Until then…
I’m a single mom and adopted Katie from India when she was about 12 weeks old. She weighed 5 pounds at 12 weeks but did amazingly well, showing an early aptitude for music when she “found” Mary had a Little Lamb on the piano at age two. Even though she had increased tone on her left side, Katie did well in school, ran track, played basketball (until her Calcutta genes won and she quit growing at 4’11”), sang in a local youth choir and select school choir, and was an honor student. The summer before her senior year in high school she became ill and developed what turned out to be partial complex seizures that have never been controlled.
The journey we have been on for the past 15 years has taught me to hold loosely to expectations, to enjoy the good days (which most are), and to learn to say good-bye to the life I thought I would have, and to embrace the life we both have been given. We have met some amazing people on this journey and are continually supported by our wonderful healthcare team and our many close friends and family. Katie has persevered through several seizures a day, volunteers for Focus on the Family and manages a Facebook page. She is searching for a work from home job now that she has a certificate in social media marketing.
My thoughts for other parents and family members with a child who has uncontrolled epilepsy:
You don’t get to choose, so learn what you can and move along with your new life.
Reach out, both for help and to help others.
Maintain what is most important in your own life and make sure you take good care of yourself and your other family members.
God still has a great plan for your child’s life and your life; it is just a different plan than you thought.
I mentioned some of my interests in “My Story”. One that I did not list is that I love sponsoring some children through World Vision. I sponsor three children from three different countries- India, Ghana and Dominican Republic. Building a relationship with these children through letters has been wonderful. When I’m having a tough day receiving a letter from one of them in the mail makes it all better.
World Vision works hard to bring clean water to communities all over the world. Every 10 seconds World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water.
The Jungle Book may make walking for water look like a simple task and that the water the girl is fetching is clean. In some areas of the world finding water is a real problem and when it is found the water is far from clean. In fact, about 800 children under the age of 5 die every day from waterborne diseases or poor sanitation.
To access water, many children as young as 2 years old and women must walk an average of 6K (3.72 miles) to get water. This water is not clean and the trip may be made 2 or 3 times a day. There are many safety concerns, especially for children who walk for water. Children who walk for water (especially girls) may not be able to attend school or be grades behind.
On Saturday, May 19th we are hosting a water awareness event at the Northwest side of Comstock park in Spokane. The event is from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm. We will have a few games, activities and an option to walk a 6K or a lesser distance around the park for those who would like to do that. I have also set up a donation page if people are interested in donating to World Vision’s water fund.