Story told by MedicAlert Customer
20 years ago I underwent my first brain operation. I was 19 years old when I began developing severe headaches which sometimes blurred my vision. As time passed, my headaches occurred more frequently and at times, I would blackout.
Doctors first thought my symptoms could’ve been related to a more serious vision problem, or possibly from the few minor concussions I had experienced as a kid. After several tests including a CT scan, the doctors found a benign brain tumor pressing on my frontal lobe.
A few months after having undergone surgery to remove the tumor, I began to developing recurrent seizures. These seizures began just months after getting my college acceptance letter to a Nursing Program in Indiana and I would soon be moving 2100 miles from home.
My parents felt very uneasy about me being so far from home; it was unsettling to say the least. I could have an episode anytime and the threat of another emergency was always a possibility.
When my parents addressed their concerns with my neurologist, she told us about MedicAlert. My mom didn’t hesitate to enroll me into MedicAlert before I left for school that fall. It has proven to be one of the smartest decisions we ever made- especially since my bracelet was put into action just months after going away to school.
MedicAlert Helps During My Seizure Episodes
I was driving home from one of my final exams for the winter semester, when I felt symptoms of a seizure coming on. Fortunately, I was able to pull into a McDonald's and quickly parked.
The next thing I recall is waking up on a stretcher and looking up at a police officer and two paramedics. All three were talking to me and trying to calm me as I began to panic. I had so many thoughts in my head that just wouldn’t come out.
I was so blessed in those moments to have my MedicAlert bracelet. The paramedics were already in communication with hospital staff while in the ambulance. MedicAlert immediately notified my mom and dad regarding my condition and where I was being treated.
I never know when an episode may come about. Sometimes I can feel the symptoms beginning, and other times I don’t know what happened until it is over. I never take my bracelet off and never will. Thank you MedicAlert for saving my life more than once.