It’s been a long time, but Project TEEN is officially in motion!
This summer, I have been working on bringing Project TEEN to life, and I am so happy to announce that we have made two deliveries and have two
deliveries coming soon! This project is an initiative to promote self-care for patients getting video EEGs. I started this out of personal experience, as I always felt so uncomfortable not being able to get out of my hospital bed to shower, sometimes for as long as a week. Not being able to get out of bed made me break out and feel dirty, and it was just an overall dehumanizing feeling. A few months ago, I felt like I wanted to do something. I wasn’t sure what, but I wanted to do some project benefiting people with epilepsy, specifically teenagers.
After remembering my experiences, this project just felt right. It took about a billion years, but I decided on Project TEEN (Teens Experiencing Epilepsy Now). I wanted to make sure my project highlighted teens. I feel like teenagers are underrepresented, and wanted to do something about it. The products in my care packages are aimed at teenagers, and I include many self-care necessities and things to pamper themselves, like face masks and eye masks. I also made sure to include the REAL essentials: fluffy socks! When putting together these care packages, I wanted to ensure they showed I care. I genuinely put these bags together like I am the one receiving them. I color coordinate everything that can be color coordinated, and I make sure to include a small gift just because I know how boring hospital stays are; anything helps! Putting together this project has been an experience. I finally started posting about epilepsy; those who know me know what a big deal that is for me. It has been a lot of work trying to get all the supplies and raise money to ensure these teens are getting the best. Everything came together when I finally delivered one of my packages to somebody with epilepsy. This time, I didn’t just drop it off at the hospital. I went to an extended care facility, delivered 4 packages, and met 2 of the recipients. Their faces lit up when they opened the packages; it made all the hard work worth it. If you want to support Project TEEN, follow my Instagram @epilepsysofisversion. I sell stickers and have an Amazon wish list that includes things I need to make the bags.
Until next time,