Nadine Szablya

A black and white photo of a young white woman with wavy dark hair wearing long earrings and a dark t-shirt under a jacket, standing in the middle of a road.

I am a freelance writer. I’ve been an epileptic for 23 years. My epilepsy is further complicated by stage IV cirrhosis of the liver, hepatic encephalopathy, and type I diabetes, all manifestations of 23 years of epilepsy medications. I planned to march in Houston, TX, but on the day of the march I knew a seizure was coming, which would be life-threatening in a crowd. The fight we have before us is personal to me. The Affordable Healthcare Act saved my life. The marchers I stand next to, I consider kin. Their fight is my fight. And make no mistake, the disabled are some of the strongest people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. Together we will rise.

Marching forward! I am launching to raise awareness and serve as a point of understanding about epilepsy on March 26 – Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy worldwide.

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