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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:

  1. You don’t get to choose, so learn what you can and move along with your new life.
  2. Reach out, both for help and to help others.
  3. Maintain what is most important in your own life and make sure you take good care of yourself and your other family members.
  4. God still has a great plan for your child’s life and your life; it is just a different plan than you thought.

My best to all who read this,

Maggie Meyers

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.

My Fundraising Page