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Alexandra’s Story: Choosing to see the beauty in life

Looking at Alexandra DeBourcy, you would never guess that she has a single health concern, especially anything as serious as epilepsy, unless you happen to see the MedicAlert ID on her wrist.

You would never know the 34-year-old former advertising executive once woke up from a seizure unable to remember the name of the current president. Her teeth may look perfect, but that’s because the Mrs. New York pageant winner broke her natural set in a fall during another seizure. Since the age of 5, Alexandra has been tackling many different challenges associated with epilepsy.

Sarah’s story: A creative comeback

Sarah, a MedicAlert member since 1984, didn’t have time for a cold, much less a rare, life-threatening disease. She was too busy raising two kids and working as an executive at an advertising and marketing firm to face a diagnosis of primary amyloidosis.

Doctors were baffled. Sarah was too young for this, and she felt fine. Did she really have to deal with this now? But her doctors insisted that she take action, before the disease shut down her kidneys.