Have you ever known a child that has some form of epilepsy? Are you unsure of what to do when someone near you has a seizure? Imagine how confusing it would be as a child to see your friend have a seizure right next to you.
In 2014, Shawnee Walker's son was diagnosed with epilepsy, and later in 2017 received the diagnosis of a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Although devastating, she dedicated her time to research and educate herself on childhood epilepsy.
Shawnee started a blog and an Instagram awareness page in 2015 called "hope4epilepsy" that is dedicated to spreading awareness about epilepsy and uplifting ones who live with the condition, and their caregivers.
Sometimes Shawnee's son would have seizures at school. Shawnee noticed how kids were very confused and didn’t know what was going on. That was the moment she knew she wanted to do something to help kids understand what seizures are.
Shawnee had the idea of writing a children's book about epilepsy but didn’t fully pursue it until 2017. She created this fantastic book about a awesome little boy who lives with epilepsy. The book shares a heartwarming, informative story about a child who has a seizure at school. She dedicates this book to her son Kaden.
Milo's Day at School was self published in December of 2018 and is now available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This book is perfect for children ages 3-8 years old. Using child-friendly language, the book shares information about epilepsy and what to do if someone has a seizure.
Shawnee’s hope is for the world to become aware about epilepsy, get rid of stigmas and learn how to help someone if they have a seizure. This children’s book is geared towards children but is also helpful for anyone at any age that would like to know about epilepsy.
Watch an interview Shawnee about her book Here!
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Order your own copy of "Milo's Day at School" on Amazon Here!
Interested in Learning More about Epilepsy? Check out the Non-Profit Foundation: Epilepsy Foundation Delaware.
Their mission is to: "Support all people impacted by seizures and epilepsy, reduce stigma and increase community awareness while leading efforts to facilitate the prevention and management of epilepsy throughout Delaware."
Visit their website for more information and make a donation: https://efde.org/about-us/about-efde/