One Carmel family went to extremes to claim their lives back from epilepsy.
Grace Hardwick, 13, has missed out on many events and experiences that normal teens get to have.
Since she was a baby, Hardwick has had up to 15 seizures a day.
She couldn’t go swimming without a life vest in case she had a seizure, and since lack of sleep can trigger them, a strict 8 p.m. bedtime had to be enforced.
“To me, I was kind of sad a little. I saw other people doing stuff way later and I’m here at my house doing nothing, just going to sleep,” she said.
Medication after medication failed as her mom and dad watched helplessly.
“When she jumped in the swimming pool, she went into a seizure. One day she was getting on the bus, went into a seizure. Went into church; a seizure,” her father, Steve Hardwick, said. “At any time she could go into a seizure and that’s why you always felt on edge.”
To get their lives back, the Hardwick’s made a difficult decision.