Saturday, September 15, Lakeway, Texas
One of the things I enjoy about working with Camper Clinic II is learning more about the great causes they support – especially when the cause affects one of their own.
Cathy Pearlstein manages the Camper Clinic II offices, and will be participating in the Heart and Sole Epilepsy Walk in Lakeway, Texas on September 15.
“My daughter’s husband has epilepsy, so our family is walking under the team name, ‘Sieze Epilepsy’,” says Cathy. According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas, which is hosting the walk, every four minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with epilepsy. The Foundation emphasizes that learning to cope with and manage epilepsy takes a coordinated effort by family, friends, teachers, and the community.
Over the years, I’ve had friends and co-workers with epilepsy, but it’s been a long time since I really stopped to consider how epilepsy affects families in their daily lives. Even simple joys like camping require a little extra caution and planning. “Our family loves to camp,” says Cathy, “and we always do one big campout in the spring to celebrate birthdays. But while we’re camping, my son-in-law needs to be sure to eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and take his daily meds. Missing just one dose can cause a seizure.”
Precautions when planning a camping excursion could include setting reminders for medications, wearing life vests when participating in water sports, or wearing protective headgear when cycling or horseback riding. Polarized sunglasses can help minimize reactions to flashing lights such as reflections off the water or sunlight filtering through the trees.
Kudos to Cathy’s family for not letting epilepsy slow them down, and to the Epilepsy Foundation for serving the more than 100,000 people affected by the disease in Central and South Texas.
To participate in the walk, donate, or volunteer, visit EpilepsyRun.com.
Do you have any tips to share managing epilepsy or other conditions during camping? Or, do you have a great story about someone who’s not letting a disease stand between them and the great outdoors? Let us know!