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And so we Face the Beginning of a New Decade…


Hello everyone,


At the end of each year I, as I’m sure many of you do, take a some time throughout this hectic Holiday Season and reflect, “What have I done? Have I done enough?” Those a very big questions to ask. I know that we all try  hard to make a positive impact for ourselves and our families.  I’ve come to realize that by the mere fact that we take the time to ask those questions, we are making an impact.


Chelsea and I have had a whirlwind of a year; we celebrated the first anniversary of our Clinic to Community Epilepsy Clinic, with two Epileptologists accepting referrals from our agency.  To see this initiative come to fruition is a testament to the many donors investing in our vision and standing alongside us to make sure it is and continues to



The holiday season is meant to be very joyful and stress-free; however, it normally ends up being the opposite. Constant cleaning for guests, shopping for gifts and going to holiday parties can cause one to feel overwhelmed and worried. This time of year can also bring memories of lost family members which can manifest into sadness or depression.

To begin, it is important to realize that being highly stressed is not good for anyone, particularly someone with epilepsy. This is because stress can be a trigger for someone with this neurological disease, and can cause an increase of seizure activity. Evidently, not everyone with epilepsy has seizures triggered by stress; though, it is important to try and avoid stress when possible to ensure better physical health.

A great way to reduce stress around the time of the holidays is to learn to manage your time. This means planning what you are going to do for


It's hard to believe we are sitting down to write a wrap up for 2015. It seems like a daunting task to properly encompass all of the notable moments of the past year, one in which we are not really sure where to begin.


With the Epic Climb of the Grand Canyon behind us in 2014, Epilepsy Durham Region was determined to keep the momentum moving in to 2015, and hit the ground running. 2015 would be a year of transformation, not just for our organization, but also for Epilepsy itself.

As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to extend best wishes for the holiday season. I hope that for all of you, it is a time for relaxing with family and friends.

Epilepsy Durham Region had the good fortune to celebrate its 30th anniversary through 2017, a milestone celebrated throughout the year with many friends. Much of our year has been focused on ensuring the epilepsy care can be achieved in Durham Region. With good planning and team work from many in our community we have been successful in establishing partnerships with specialists to ensure you can receive appropriate care. I am extremely proud of and grateful for the hard work and commitment our community has expressed to help Chelsea and I fulfill our dedication to this initiative.


As March break gets closer and closer, I subsequently find myself experiencing correlative bouts of jealousy when I tap in to social media and see plans of vacations to far-away lands and dream destinations. It's no secret to most that I spend my winters longing for warmer temperatures and the touch of beach sand on my feet (some days I follow the sun around my office, and I keep my Birkenstocks in the back seat of my car... just in case), and travel has always been something I have had an affinity for. But living with epilepsy makes for an added twist when you want to pack up all of your things and get away for a while.

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