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If you could keep one new year's resolution

Having epilepsy has helped me prioritize my life. Even though I pretend otherwise, I have realized that I can't do everything. Being a parent, a husband and a photographer has also helped me prioritize. For 2012, I will narrow my focus further.

Rather than creating a list of "things I would like to do," for the epilepsy community during 2012, I have decided to choose one New Year's Resolution and put my energy into the resolution. My resolution will guide me. I will still have a list of things I would like to do and I will probably do many of them, but not at the expense of my primary resolution.

I am encouraging you to do the same. Make one resolution. For our community. Keep your commitment to yourself. If we all keep our main commitment, we will become more powerful.

Throughout the year, we can monitor our success. We can seek and extend help. At the year, we can reflect on our growth.

I resolve to help our epilepsy community learn how to use online tools to become more connected to each other. Our community is at an exciting time in history. We are meeting each other. We are learning about others. We are growing and becoming more powerful. But our virtual voices are barely audible as we end 2011. At the end of 2012, where will we be?

What would you like to do? What interests you the most? Will you share?

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Comment by bryan farley on January 3, 2012 at 5:47pm


what is OEF facebook page?

Comment by Viv on January 3, 2012 at 3:07pm

@MrsLinkgetter...I read taht you were misdiagnosed. I recently read a book called Rusty's story written by Carol Gino. It is a true srtory of a women Rusty who was misdiagnosed also. It to me was a riviting book . I thought you might liek to read it as it is TRUE.

Comment by Monica on January 3, 2012 at 1:32pm
They just featured the blog on the OEF facebook page! :)
Comment by MrsLinkgetter on January 3, 2012 at 1:26pm

this is a great blog! I love to see others committing themselves to raising more awareness, more support of others, and education of epilepsy in their communities. I love the idea of educating people to using the on-line tools (there are so many!). I have been an advocate for over 13 years. First for my son who had epilepsy and then for myself, diagnosed after 12 years of misdiagnosis. 2011 was a very hard year with my son's death. 2012 I commit myself to continuing the fight to raise awareness, fight the stigma and build a community of support. I WILL be at the National Walk (been at them all!). It is an amazing time! COme out if you can! SIgn up for the SPEAK UP SPeak OUt with your affiliate if you are able as well to go speak to your representatives about how epilepsy has affected your lives. (I went for many years and wish I could again!) THis event is usually before or after the walk. UNITED VOICE we will be heard!

Comment by bryan farley on January 2, 2012 at 11:18pm


What will your resolution look like if you succeed? How will you know? What can we do to help you?

Comment by bryan farley on January 2, 2012 at 11:17pm

Great Monica. Such a good example of finding something achievable and motivating. Keep us updated.


Comment by Monica on January 2, 2012 at 5:18pm
I guess my main one would be the running since I not only have Epilepsy, but asthma, sciatica and a few other health conditions to overcome in order to achieve it.
I continue to make people aware daily, its pretty much part of my daily life. I don't even feel like its a resolution, its more of a way of life.
The $5000 I think is totally achievable. I have 4 people on my team so far and a few more verbal agreements. So to me its just a matter of time :)
Comment by bryan farley on January 2, 2012 at 4:19pm


Awesome. Hope I see you at the walk this year. There are thousands of people, so look for me. I should be one of the people with a camera.

I noticed that you chose three resolutions. If you had to prioritize one resolution, which one would you keep? Which is most important to you?

Comment by Monica on January 1, 2012 at 7:48pm

Mine is to continue to promote Epilepsy awareness and raise $5,000 for the National Walk in March...so far my team is at $590.  I also want to run a mile in 8 minutes, I last clocked myslef at 9 1/2 minutes, a year ago at this time I couldnt even run one at all. :)

Comment by Viv on December 30, 2011 at 11:11pm

Happy new Years to my new friends and may 2012 be a Happy and HEALTHY one for us all !

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