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Health/Fitness Hub ~ Seizure Awareness ~ Guest Blogger, Bernard Cooper

*Bernard is my cousin. I ran across a Facebook post in which he, transparently, spoke of a condition that renders silent. So many people refuse to share their story out of shame, embarrassment, and/or not knowing how people will respond. Published statistics state that, “Up to 10 percent of people will have a seizure at some time in their life, while 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.” These are astounding statistics, readily available, however, not commonly known. As I have encountered several people in my life with this condition, without any public attention called to it, I am so proud of my cousin for his bravery and transparency! People like him will cause others to learn more about seizures and epilepsy–learning how to better manage their condition or how to effectively respond to a loved one who suffers from the condition(s). Thanks for letting me share your story, cousin. You are a big guy, a gentle giant with an even bigger heart! God bless you! ~ Lisa B

His Story ~ Today is November 1, 2020. This National Seizure Awareness Month. I’ve been dealing with this condition for five years, and still occasionally have one, although small. But overall, I’ve never given up on faith and the strength that I have. I’ve been working out more, going to the gym, keeping myself busy and active.

First, I want to thank God for keeping me balanced and healthy. Also, my family has been there for me–mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I’m thankful for my friends that call, come by and check on me, even working out with me in the gym and on the basketball court.

For those who deal with it, stay strong and keep your head up and your faith strong. If you know someone who deals with this condition, keep them positive and focused. Thank you all for being real–Family and Friends.

~Bernard Cooper

November 10, 2020

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