This book provides information about the various types of seizures and what it is like for the person living with them and their caregiver. It is written in layman’s terms, by a man with epilepsy who shares his knowledge and experience. Rated as medical; with a technical review by the epileptologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Seizures are a reminder about how fragile life is and that life should be cherished.
Jon Sadler knows about epilepsy. He lives with it, and has an intimate knowledge of its effects and consequences. Through the many ups and downs, his experiences have given him a unique perspective and many life lessons, most importantly, the power of hope. There were times when he was broken and defeated by seizures, but now Jon works as a mentor and counselor, focusing on helping people with epilepsy. His unique perspective through his ordeal has given him something to share, and with that, one of the reasons for writing this book.
Jon adds, "I have learned more about what my parents and siblings experienced with my first seizure as I work with the parents of very young children with seizures. Watching an adult have a generalized tonic-clonic seizure can be terrifying for people who do not know what a seizure is, especially with someone they love. Seeing a child have a seizure is considerably more difficult and emotionally stressful. I was four years old when I had my first seizure."
He initiates his story with an explanation of epilepsy, using scientific terms but couching them in a layman’s perspective. Accounts of his own seizures (which often involved almost total loss of short-term memory) are vivid and distressing.
He includes useful information about caring for someone who has seizures, organizations to turn to, and the different types of seizures.
His book is both a memoir and a highly intelligent guide for those with seizure disorders and their caregivers who, like Sadler, “search for meaning and refuse defeat.”
Barbara Bamberger Scott, US Review
If knowledge is power, then Jon Sadler has made himself powerful in the struggle to control his seizures. Part of managing your seizures is learning where they come from, and what causes them. Sadler does his best to simplify the brain’s complex function, in order to describe the way a seizure is affected by, and in turn effects the brain.
Sadler’s honest and heartfelt retelling of the storms he weathered speak of a fierce determination to do good by himself, his family, his community, and his God. As much a resource for others suffering from chronic illness, as a memoir of his own trials, Sailing Through the Storms of Seizures is an inspiration.
Allison Walker, Pacific Book Review