Sarah Weideman, husband Rob, and 10-year-old daughter Allie.
Photo courtesy: Sarah Weideman of Yelm.
– “Yelm Mother Fights for Epilepsy Awareness”
“When Yelm resident Sarah Weideman’s daughter Allie had her first seizure on Saint Patrick’s day of 2015, the family was unfamiliar with epilepsy and the challenges that accompany the disease. After Allie’s initial grand mal seizure ended, she began having complex partial seizures almost every day, where she remained conscious but would repeat movements and sounds and lost her memory. Sarah soon realized that being a parent to a child with epilepsy would be a new part of her reality.”
“Because of the lack of information on epilepsy, Sarah decided she needed to be an advocate for Allie. She reached out to the epilepsy community and found Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, an organization that works to raise awareness and funds to donate to epilepsy research. Through the organization, Sarah became certified to teach classes on epilepsy, epilepsy first aid, and how to help seniors with epilepsy,” quoting By Courtney Murphy, Thurston Talk.