My friend Karen almost died when she was 7 years old. One day she started falling off her bike and convulsing; then came all the doctors and tests. Diagnosed with severe epilepsy, she had surgery and awoke with a metal plate in her head. Afterwards she had a hard time thinking of words and speaking. School was extremely difficult for her, but she made it through and graduated the same year I did.
Karen lived with her parents until she was 30 years old and then struck out on her own. Her parents helped her buy a house. She can't drive because of the seizures, but she takes the city bus every day to her job at a nursing home where she has now worked for seven years. She has rallied through her disability and refuses to be labeled. Karen is a strong, courageous, independent, and God-fearing woman: all it takes to be an everyday kind of hero!