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Epilepsy Blog Relay: 5 Things You Need to Know About Running With Epilepsy

This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™. Follow along all month!

Jewel’s Story

Jewel is a Brooklynite who is married to her college sweetheart. She is the mother of two handsome boys who keep her very busy. Jewel is always moving but she is content knowing that she’s striving for balance and not perfection. She has decided to share her story as a millennial woman learning to navigate being a wife, mother and career driven woman living with a seizure disorder.


Last year, I participated in The United Airlines Half Marathon as part of The Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York’s team. Excited about participating in a cause that is very dear to my heart and being a part of something bigger than myself I signed up immediately. After the adrenaline rush subsided and I was thinking with the full function of all my brain cells, it dawned on me. I haven’t been to the gym in years and I haven’t run since the track team in high school. My mind began to race and then the most concerning thought entered my head …

Automatically, I began to talk myself out of running. I mean, this was a HALF MARATHON!! Not just 1, 2 or 5 miles but 13.5 miles of my legs and feet pressing against the concrete jungle of New York City for 2 to 3 hours. I had no clue if I could mentally and physically handle participating in the marathon. I didn’t consider how my seizures might effect my performance, energy or if I would have a seizure while running.


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Jewel Gibson, fondly known as "Life's a Jewel," is an epilepsy advocate, an educator,  avid reader, plant lover, city girl and all around great momma and wife.

2 Responses

  1. Kelvin M
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    I had one serious seizure in September, I spent 3 days in ICU. I had never had an episode so it was scary. I subsequently had to see my PCP and Neurologist, my EEG and EKG were normal. In late December i passed out in the office and spent 2 days in the ER, opinion was i was not seizing but i banged my head real bad. Has anyone had these limited conditions, i was a healthy individual and now this. Would love to hear opinions

  2. Lynsey
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    Exercise always helps me relax. As my epilepsy is triggered by stress i find exercise is a major help. A great post.

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