Overnight and Day Camps

My first year, I was a bit scared to have my parents leave me, but this year, I couldn’t wait for my parents to drop me off...READ MORE

Hello! My Name is Zeth. I am 16 years old and getting ready to begin my sophomore year of high school. I was diagnosed with epilepsy one week prior to my thirteenth birthday. I live in Northeastern Colorado in a small rural town of only 500 people. There is not one person I know of in my community that has epilepsy or at least that I am aware of. My family has told me that my Grandpa lived with epilepsy, but never disclosed it to anyone because back in his youth most families kept it hidden from others.
When I first found out that I had epilepsy, I thought I was not going to live long. I worried about not being able to do certain things like play sports that I love or ever being able to drive. My neurologist, Dr. Miller, knowing of my fears told me about the Jason Fleishman camp. I had never been to a camp before. My parents thought going to camp would help me understand my feelings about epilepsy and learn how to deal with living with epilepsy. They signed me up to go for the first time in July of 2010. It was such a great time that I returned again this year (July 2011) to attend.
My first year, I was a bit scared to have my parents leave me, but this year, I couldn’t wait for my parents to drop me off and leave! I think sometimes my parents can be over protective of me, so I was delighted to have some freedom.
“Really Mom and Dad, I am going to be okay without you”, I expressed to them.
At the camp in Estes Park, you meet other kids living with epilepsy just like you. While there, you can do many fun activities. My favorite is the zip-line. It is such a thrill to hurl approximately 80 yards screaming across the line. There are other activities like horseback riding, archery, high ropes, and other team activities. During your free time you can play basketball, putt -putt golf, kickball, pool, ping-pong, and card games. It is your time to be yourself, talk about epilepsy with others and meet lifelong friends. As for parents, there is no need to worry. The camp provides each child their own counselor and nurse to oversee their medicine.
I have found out that having epilepsy doesn’t mean you have to stop living or do the things you want to do. Epilepsy is just a condition like having diabetes; you just take your medicine and keep living your life as a normal person. It would be great to see you come next summer. I’ll be there, so make sure to look me up!

- Zeth

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