Sara, Ethan’s Mom

Do you ever have those moments where you suddenly stop,look around and say, “How did I get here?” That was me last week folding laundry. It’s like you live your life and then it hits you–what your life really is! It’s so surreal that Gracie is graduating from NIU in May. Ella is picking out a hairstyle to match her dress for her junior prom and Ethan is SO pumped up for baseball to start. What is even more amazing is that for the first time in a long time that is really what our life is about.

When Ethan was diagnosed with Epilepsy it swallowed our WHOLE family and it took a long time to feel like we could take a deep breath again. Well, we made it! Purple Day for us last year was so exciting. It was such a great way to feel connected as a family to something so important to us.

Volunteering has been a part of our house since the kids were small. There is no lesson more valuable than to give and not receive. To spread the word about Purple Day, we decided to make it part of our Christmas card last year. Turns out our family and friends weren’t the only ones who loved the picture of the kids in their Purple Day shirts, because that very photo was selected for the Purple Day 2010 poster! To say a picture is worth a thousand words is an understatement. With that quick photo, taken by our neighbor, we have been able to speak hundreds of thousands of words about Epilepsy. It has given our family, and especially Ethan, the opportunity to be heard in ways we never thought possible… this blog for example!

Ethan has been off medication for 35 days now.

“So how are things at your house?” It’s a simple question, right? Well, our family has taken a complicated road but we now have a really simple answer……Things are great!

Purple Day is March 26th – Wear your purple to support epilepsy awareness globally. Visit


Published on: March 23, 2010
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Photo of The Wybourn Family

Ethan was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago. Since then, the Wybourn's have jumped in with both feet and have educated themselves as much as they could about the condition. In the process, the family has learned just as much about themselves as they have about seizure disorders.

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