Demarcus Charles shares his epilepsy story and how it brought to light the need for awareness that police and first responders need to have mandatory seizure first aid training. Trevor Gordon tells us how the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance has partnered with Marcus and the results so far.
Learn more at the links below!
Sign the Marcus Charles Petition to make Police Epilepsy Training MANDATORY!
The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance Responds to Crown Dropping 3 Charges Laid Against Marcus Charles
The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance's Epilepsy and Seizure Response Training for Police Officers
The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance (CEA) is a Canada-wide network of grassroots organizations dedicated to the promotion of independence and quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families, through support services, information, advocacy, and public awareness.
I interviewed Trevor Gordon from the CEA to tell me more about the organization, what it is doing for people with Epilepsy, why it is so important in Canada, and how they are sharing their stories to support and inspire each other.
What is the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance?
Epilepsy Stories - Liz's Story
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It won't be long now! The Rise Online Holiday Marketplace starts November 1st!
This year they're showcasing some amazing small businesses from across Canada, all owned by Rise clients.
Rise receives no revenue from the marketplace and every purchase supports a Canadian small business and their clients’ financial stability.
The Online Holiday Marketplace runs until December 31st, so there's plenty of time to finish your holiday shopping!
Mark your calendars for November 1st!
Just in time to prepare for the Holidays, I am offering Gift Vouchers your friend or loved one can use towards a full hour session of one-on-one Epilepsy Coaching or Transformational Coaching for Women. Or they can apply the amount towards groups of sessions.
Give the gift of self-love, acceptance and clarity this year! Visit my store to purchase.
As part of her series "Resources Replace Fear", Epilepsy Coach, Liz Nicholls, sits down with the pioneer Jennifer Cattet, Phd. to discuss how she developed the method to train seizure alert dogs. You will find this discussion fascinating, and learn more about her nonprofit Medical Mutts, that is changing and saving people's lives with debilitating diseases. Learn more about the organization and what makes them and their dogs special and unique, and how you might have a service dog too!
Medical Mutts - https://medicalmutts.org
Request a FREE Discovery Call with Liz Nicholls HERE to see if Epilepsy Life Coaching is for you!
Here is an excerpt from an interview with Epilepsy Coaches Liz Nicholls and Stefan Rudolph talking to Tiffany Costello about training for the Boston Marathon after brain surgery! When we all talk about our stories of living and not just surviving, but finding ways to thrive, we help each other!
You can support Tiffany with her marathons here: http://www.TeamTiffanyCostello.com
To see the full interview, view here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWW_tw7xnog
H - Holistic
E - Epilepsy
A - Awareness
L - for Loving
T - Transforming
H - and Healing
Y - Yourself
You can set up a Discovery Call for Epilepsy Coaching with me, Liz Nicholls HERE.
Connect with Stefan Rudolph at https://recoveredcoaching.com
Join the HEALTHY support group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Holistic-Epilepsy-Awareness-for-Loving-Transforming-Healing-Yourself-114168027838870
If you are looking for a private epilepsy support group just for women, you can join my group, Women Confronting Epilepsy Together at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2260575220899306
Mary J Blige, the queen of hip hop soul, is back. Her newest album, “Good Morning Gorgeous,” is inspired by her own story. It is an affirmation she told herself the first thing in the morning through some of her most difficult days. “And it’s because it’s something I had to do, and something I had to say when I was in my darkest moments in that life, to build myself up to this person that I can see and accept... accept all the things that I used to hate.” I would have never imagined a super star had to do that would you? No matter your taste in music and entertainment, maybe there is something to it?
So, How are WE Doing?
Raise your hand if the last two years have been tough! No one, including me has been immune to the reach of COVID-19’s negative effects, whether you got the virus or not, there has been a heavy weight of unwellness in business, housing, supply chains, inflation, friendship… what we feel inside. I have been affected by it all personally, battling health issues and not knowing where I was going to live at one point! I had good days and bad days, but my resolve and my mission never waivered to support others living with epilepsy. I drew on all the holistic work I have done over the years to maintain a positive mindset. We know that when epilepsy is a part of you, when extra stressors are added, we worry about the epilepsy getting worse in addition, and sometimes those worst fears happen. For me, the only way to pull through is through mindset work. I do not say this to be dismissive of the real-world pain and fear we go through. It is not an easy endeavor. It is a battle to maintain, but for me I have found that it is worth it. The more I practice, the easier it is to go to that place. I have disciplined myself to start the day with mindfulness. Early in the morning while I am still lying in bed and the negative thoughts try to start to come in, I contemplate on what the lesson is to be learned from my present situation, and what are positive things that I can reflect on in my life.
Here are some other things that we can meditate on:
Epilepsy Coach, Certified Activation Method Coach and Licensed Facilitator
Would you like to work some more on mindset around your epilepsy? Sign up for a FREE Discovery call with me HERE to see if you would like to work with me one-on-one or in a group setting.
I recently teamed up with Recovery Coach Stefan Rudolph to talk about the issues of managing a job while living with Epilepsy in this short clip of one of their discussions for the H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. support group for people with epilepsy.
H - Holistic
E - Epilepsy
A - Awareness
L - for Loving
T - Transforming
H - and Healing
Y - Yourself
You can set up a Discovery Call with me, Liz Nicholls HERE.
Connect with Stefan Rudolph at https://recoveredcoaching.com/.
Join the HEALTHY support group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Holistic-Epi...
If you are looking for a private epilepsy support group just for women, you can join my group, Women Confronting Epilepsy Together at https://www.facebook.com/groups/22605...
Why I never stepped into my full power until midlife is beyond me. Perhaps I had some strange notion that it was safer to stay small. Sound crazy?
I knew I had it in me, but I seemed to sabotage opportunities, jobs, friendships, and relationships, as I thought they would end anyway since I had a condition. So not true! I knew I could do and achieve whatever I wanted, but I chose not to and always stayed at 80%. Was it easier? Probably.
I had crazy thoughts and insecurities. I do not feel that way now and have not since I started getting coaching.
I did always have a drive, but . . . fear or denial held me back.
I know I have a purpose in life now; I know I always did, but what was it?
A coach helped me identify my issues with epilepsy and my desire to coach others so they did not have to go through all that I went through. Why I held myself back in the past is a mystery. So much time was wasted, but the journey was a great lesson.
I became determined and would not stop until I got to where I am now. After years of learning and training, I have a business; the journey ahead is SO exciting for me: serving others and hopefully being of service in helping them live with more ease.
Can you feel that you are holding yourself back, just a little or maybe a lot? Let's talk and explore why that is. Epilepsy may never leave you, but it does not have to STOP you.
CONTACT LIZ NICHOLLS
Certified Activation Method Coach and Licensed Facilitator
In all fairness, not a lot was known or talked about when I was diagnosed with Epilepsy 45 years ago. But, I wonder how much of this has changed? Can you relate to the following?
“Do not talk about it!” they said. A variety of people told me this over the years.
“Oh, thank goodness you are getting married. Now there is someone to look after you!” This was said from a loving place.
“You are financially set for life, so do not worry about money!” No. That did not happen, nor did I expect it.
“Do not tell people you have epilepsy; it scares them.”
“What, you lost your job because you have epilepsy and could not come to work?”
“Do not tell the employer you have epilepsy; they will not hire you!”
“Nice girl, but she has epilepsy.”
“Epilepsy is satanic, you know.”
“You may not make it to 65 years old.”
This just made me stronger! The things people said to me left me with NO words at certain points in my life.
Do I have scares from seizures? You bet! Emotionally and physically.
Is there damage to my face and head? Yes. Are there noticeable signs on my face? Yes; you have to look hard to see it, but that makes me ME!
Were the financial costs huge?! YES, . . . some were covered. Out of pocket costs were extraordinary as I searched for answers, alternative solutions, and help to fix the huge impact on my body and health. Above 6 figures.
At some points, I could not work or drive. I had to take time off work. By the way, some employers were incredibly understanding and patient with me. Hudson’s Bay Company was one. They were so good to me!
Mental health was a struggle: depression, anxiety, and panic attacks… I think I did well at hiding it all.
Losing pregnancies hurt, too. Very few knew to what extent. “Keep things quiet,” right? I became brilliant at blocking emotions for the most part. There is always the exception, though.
When relationships ended, I was never shocked, but I will tell you, some really hurt. Did I sabotage them because I was damaged goods? Definitely. Did I really do that? Shame on me!
I am blessed that it is dormant, in remission, or hiding; that is for sure! Will it come back? Not if I can help it!
Are there a lot of positives in this journey? You bet! I am feeling very blessed, grateful, and thankful for them.
We all have a story, right?
they are all important!
I am a woman who lives without fear of epilepsy, or, I try! LET'S TALK ABOUT IT!