In February of 2002 while traveling on my way home from work I was at a red light and was struck by a vehicle. Little did I know that accident would change my life forever. Two days after the accident I returned to work initially feeling normal until I woke up in the ER.

I was confused and in shock not realizing what had just happened. After numerous test doctor’s determined that due to the trauma to my head from the accident, the seizure was a result.

While this was only the beginning and onset of my epilepsy I continued to work from 2002 through 2010 while taking care of dialysis patients.  In 2005 I had my first attempt at an unsuccessful brain surgery but that didn’t hold me back. My epilepsy continued to progress during this time until I could no longer work.

Having multiple seizures a day, being on several medications and being in a second accident gave me a different out look on life itself. I called my neurologist Dr. Bautista and told him I wanted to attempt the brain surgery again.

It was in November 2014 that I had my second brain surgery that was performed by neurosurgeon Dr. Arce that was a success.

As a result I was able to finally get my life back on track. I have been seizure free for almost two years now. I now have a driver’s license; I no longer have to depend on anyone to take care of me. I can now enjoy doing all of the things I like to do.

I wanted to help and give back as a way to say thank you. Dr. Arce and Dr. Bautista directed me to Epilepsy Florida. It has become an amazing part of my life and I enjoy volunteering with EF. Even though I no longer suffer with the symptoms of Epilepsy I am still in this with everyone. This has become my life because it is my life. I’m so excited to be able to bless others that are still suffering from Epilepsy.

Ilana Bitton

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