I just finished reading a book called, “Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy,” by Talia Jager. It is one of the best books that I have ever read about another person’s experience with Epilepsy. This story is truly inspirational, heartwarming, and enlightening. You will get a glimpse in the life of someone who has the medical condition. This is also an educational experience. You will learn about the different types of seizures and how they affect the everyday lives of the people who have it.
This book is about a girl named, Teagan Kavanagh, an Irish 17 year old girl living with Epilepsy. Teagan has two different types of seizures, Absence Seizures and Tonic- Clonic Seizures. She has multiple seizures each day that mostly are Absence Seizures. Every now and then she would have a Tonic- Clonic Seizure. Teagan was a sheltered girl who was homeschooled most of her life because she had Epilepsy. There were strict rules that she had to follow such as she wasn’t allowed to cook on the stove, stay home alone, go out by herself, and take showers without someone knowing. Her parents had died in a car accident a year ago and so now her older brother, Connor, and his wife, Kate, have custody of her and takes care of her.
Since her parents died, Teagan’s life has changed drastically. She has no choice but to attend a regular high school where she has to adjust to being around new people who doesn’t know about her Epilepsy. While there, she met two friends, Mandi and Maddie. Although Mandi and Maddie do not have Epilepsy, they understand what Teagan is going through and also had to adjust to being comfortable around her seizures. Teagan also has two friends, Lainey and Zander, that she speaks to online through an Epilepsy support group. Both Lainey and Zander have Epilepsy too. Teagan has a special connection with these two people because they are just like her. Teagan, Zander, and Lainey managed to meet each other at a camp designed for people with Epilepsy. While at camp, they had fun learning about Epilepsy, doing arts and crafts, and enjoying their freedom. Zander and Teagan began dating and Lainey and a fellow camper, Owen started to hang out with one another. Zander, Lainey, and Owen moved to the city where Teagan lived at and started to build their lives there. It was a wonderful experience for all of them.
Teagan started thinking more about getting surgery to decrease the amount of seizures she was having. Her parents and brother were against the idea of surgery but Teagan wanted to have a life of her own without having to ask her brother to do everything for her. The summer she graduated from high school, she had a brain mapping test done and then she received a Corpus Callosotomy. A Corpus Callosotomy is an Epilepsy procedure where the large fiber connecting the two hemispheres of the brain is cut stopping nerves that cause seizures from spreading to the other side of the brain. Five years after having Epilepsy surgery, Teagan married Zander and Kate and Connor had a daughter. All stories have a happy ending and Teagan’s story was both happy and inspiring.
Check out Talia Jager’s blog at: www.taliajager.blogspot.com
Happy Epilepsy Awareness Month!!!!