"Mommy, did you have a seizure and forget that I only like my potatoes mashed?" asks my 5 year old, without a hint of amusement in his voice. When my sister heard, she laughed and then shared the story with Grandma and the rest of the family. To us, it's funny, but to a 5 year old whose mom started having seizures when he was 2, it's his reality.
January 17th, 7:00 am. It has been a while since I have been this excited about heading to work on a Saturday morning. But today, I get to be a part of something I enjoyed so much as a child – an exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre (yes, I realize that the above statement most likely places me somewhere in the nerd spectrum, and no… I’m not ashamed of that).
Let’s flashback fifteen years or so to one of the last school trips to the Ontario Science Centre that I remember from elementary school. There was an amazing NASA exhibition in which my class was broken up into two teams, one on the shuttle, and the other looking after ground control. I remember coming home convinced that I wanted to be an astronaut. This was always the beauty of the Science Centre to me. With every interactive exhibition, I always felt a spark of creativity, curiosity, and ingenuity; more importantly, the Science Centre made me feel empowered by learning, and helped me...
Nothing can prepare you for the magnificence of the Grand Canyon. With every stride and bend in the trail you are in awe of the natural wonder of what has been created. On October 7th, 2014 a group of friends and I left the south rim of the Grand Canyon on an epic journey, one of which to raise awareness of Epilepsy, and the other, to test our personal strength and stamina.
Our alarms go off at 4:30 a.m. With a hot breakfast in our bellies and hiking boots on, nothing could hold us back. We all gather in the lobby of our hotel and I know it is going to be a great day when I hear my Canyon theme song playing, 'The Best Day of my Life'. With a big smile and a jig in the lobby, I look at Chelsea, "Are you ready?" I ask; she has an even bigger smile on her face. Grand Canyon, here we come!!
How was it? That is the question that I am still getting asked on a daily basis. "So....How was it?" I have a fairly standard, generic answer for more people –it was amazing, beautiful, breath taking, exhilarating, challenging, successful. But the truth of it all is that I have been spending the better part of the last month trying to answer that question for myself. How was it?
It is the most incredible fall day outside the Clarington Fire Hall for our 3rd Annual Fire Truck Pulling for Epilepsy event. There is a flood of purple surrounding a bright red fire truck. The premise is simple; which team of ten can pull this truck 100 feet the fastest.
First up, The CRCS-DKI Team. It is hard to ignore the youth and exuberance emanating from this team. From the moment the countdown finishes, until the truck crosses the finish line, feet are dug into the ground, hands are tightly gripping the rope, and encouraging yells are shouted, "Pull, keep pulling!" In less than 19 seconds, CRCS-DKI's team of ten have pulled a 20 ton fire truck 100 feet.