Search and Seizure: Overcoming Illness and Adversity
Search and Seizure: Overcoming Illness and Adversity chronicles Marc Hoberman's experiences after being diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager. His powerful message of not allowing your illness to define you will resonate with parents and teens alike. More
Search and Seizure: Overcoming Illness and Adversity is the story of Marc Hoberman's experience of being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 17 only 3 months after an emotionally stressful move from New York to Florida. His last minute move to a new state and high school combined with his diagnosis was almost too much to bear. Marc's illness was disclosed to fewer than 10 people for 37 years. He decided to make his private story public to help his own children, parents, and teens navigate the difficulties associated with illnesses and difficult situations. He is determined to make sure others don't let their illnesses define them; instead, they should define themselves. His often humorous yet poignant story will certainly resonate with parents and teens alike.
PROLOGUE: The enemy arrives without warning. The invisible, silent invader doesn’t ask permission. It enters your brain quietly, suddenly and seizes control of everything, leaving you helpless in its grip. It takes possession and angrily throttles you, unleashing its rage on you. As if hypnotized into a stupor, you are dazed, unresponsive. You cannot refuse it. You can muster no resistance. You are turned off while it takes over—your own personal earthquake. The quake bubbles up at full force as the powerful jolts and convulsions hurl you to the floor. When you return, you feel the pain of it all, see the terrible bruises and taste the blood in your mouth. Your tongue will be swollen, possibly gashed from your gnashing teeth. You might chip a tooth or break an arm. You might smash your head so hard on the concrete that you have a headache for days. You won’t know what actually happened. You have no memory-the blessing and the curse. You’ll ask and someone will describe for you how you looked like you were being tossed around as if in an exorcism, as if possessed by a terrible demon bent on destroying you. An epileptic seizure is a powerful, remorseless enemy and it takes more than a bottle of pills to defeat it. You must search for a way to battle this invisible monster and decide to conquer the illness one day at a time.
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