That was the constant phrase whispered in our household about a half-hour after I recorded Autumn’s seizure at 9:08 a.m, May 30, 2012.
Again and again, throughout the day, brother to sister, sister to brother, brother to mother, father to mother…”Has she had one yet?”
No, not yet.
After one hour, then two, then three.
No, not yet.
The phone calls and the emails kept coming, all with the same question: “Has she had one yet?”
Although we did not want it…and hoped it would not happen…we were all still waiting for it to happen.
A day passes, then another day, then a week, and then a month.
The question then became, “How long has it been since she has had one?”
Two months. Six months. Ten months.
One Year. No, she still has not had one yet.
Another year later on the diet, still seizure-free.
The next question everyone started to ask: “When will she come off the diet?”
The decision is made, after 2 years on the diet, Autumn is weaned off.
Then the conversation changed to, “Has she had “anything” happen yet?”
Well yes, she has.
She has learned to be relentless, committed and determined to a goal. She has learned self-discipline and self-denial. She has learned great empathy for kids who have physical struggles as she remembers what it felt like to collapse in the middle of a grocery aisle, in church, on a playground among friends – sometimes as often as every 5 minutes. She has learned many cooking skills and loves being in the kitchen. She know hows to do a lot with whipping cream, butter, egg whites and macadamia nut butter. She knows coconut oil will be her life-long friend!
She knows that somethings are hard but reap a great reward.
We urge anyone who is considering the diet to please NOT be overwhelmed with the difficulty of the diet, but rather be overwhelmed with the possibilities and blessings of the diet.
Start, and you can begin reaping a harvest. This is not just a Ketogenic Diet principle, it is a life principle.
Tomorrow at 9:08 a.m. we will (hopefully!) be celebrating a wonderful testimony – that “she has NOT had one yet”, a sentiment captured well in a Journal Gazette headline from last year:
Leaving Seizures Behind!
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1