Shelley Runs Again
“I needed help, and I didn’t know where to turn,” Executive Assistant and Home Office Manager Theresa Johnston says as she tells her family’s story.
When Theresa’s 13-year-old daughter, Shelley, was four, she began to battle petit mal absence epilepsy—enduring up to 100 seizures a day. By eight, Shelley had outgrown her disorder and was free from medications and seizures. Following her dad’s passion for sports, she embraced gymnastics and track.
But just over a year ago, the seizures returned. After several hospital stays and various cocktails of medications, Shelley’s team of neurologists diagnosed Shelley with untreatable refractory standardized epilepsy.
Theresa and her husband felt helpless with Shelley’s condition, the growing pile of medical bills and the sudden shock that Shelley was also suffering from school bullying.
“A grant from the One Company Fund put us back in position to help Shelley,” Theresa says. “We moved to a new neighborhood where Shelley has a new school, new friends and lives without fear. And with her meds and grit, Shelley has learned to live with her condition. Because of generous One Company Fund supporters, we’re able to sleep at night and wake up each morning with a new-found respect for all that we have.”