Epilepsy has been a lifetime struggle for me: dealing with the constant fear of having a seizure, the horrible auras that come and go quickly (which are just as bad as having a seizure), the drug trials, the side effects from the medicines used, and the added stress of what others will think of me when they find out I have epilepsy.
Twenty years ago, I had a partial lobectomy located on my “creative side” and was told I may never draw again. Instead, I am a better artist; I am much more creative, and I discovered just about anything can be turned into art. I’m very thankful my talent has remained intact, and it is my daily escape.
‘Stop Clowning Around’ is very personal. Most people are not aware I have epilepsy. The clown costume allows me to hide behind the most awful, unfair disease that has been associated with stigma and shame. I want to take my make-up off and show the world who I really am and what I have to offer.