Hey, I’m Marissa and I’ve been watching Share My Story for the last few weeks. And today I wanna tell you my story of how I lost one half of my brain. I was a completely normal girl until the age of 3, but then I had my first sezuire. And I can still remember riding in the ambulance to get to the hospital. Unfortunately the sezuires didn’t stop and at one point I was having sezuires every five minutes The doctor’s diagnosed with Rasmussen’s Encaphalitis it’s a rare inflamatory neurological disease which affects only one half of the brain The doctor’s gave me all kinds of medicine. to treat me, but nothing worked and because the sezuires kept me from falling asleep I was close to death after a few days that’s why my parents allowed the doctor’s to cut out the affected area which meant I’d lose half of my brain, obviously my parents were very worried about brain damage, but I was lucky Because I was so young my brain was still growing and developing. So even though I only had one half left. My brain was able to adapt and re-organise itself after the operation, the sezuires stopped and these days the only signs of what happened are that I don’t have much control over my right upper body School was hard though I find it tough to focus for long and it took me years to learn how to read and write I remember watching other kids doing things like playing on the swings or chasing each other, and I’d be sad because I couldn’t join in, my parents didn’t have it easy either I had lots of mood swings growing up and sometimes I even threw scissors and forks at them because whenever I was angry I lost all my self-control the doctor’s explained it by saying that my Prefrontal Cortex was still damaged by the brain operation I had as a 3 year old kid. but despite my many flaws I’m always trying my best to be a positive person I’m constantly joking and I always have a smile on my face. That’s because I know how lucky I am To be alive right now, even though I lost half my brain Today I’m 28 and married to the man who I love very much. I also play the violin in my spare time although I’m not very good at it. many years ago… I dreamed of becoming a nurse so I could help others the way the doctor’s helped me. Unfortunately I can’t control my right arm. So I’ve been told I wouldn’t be able to pursue that profession. I became a part-time cleaner at our local hospital And I also volunteer To spend time with patients who need someone to talk to. Recently, one of my former classmates was hospitalized She was one of the girls that made fun of me back in middle school. She said, “I was too dumb to be considered a human.” and her comments made me feel very insecure about myself. But that didn’t keep me from going into her room to clean it. When she saw me, she said, “Oh, Marissa your working as a cleaner now, that’s– great”. I know– she looks down on me, but I don’t mind. I’m giving my best everyday especially– when I’m taking care of my son Doyle he is 4 years old now and perfectly healthy. I just wanted to say– how grateful I am to be alive if it wasn’t the doctor’s who operated on me. I wouldn’t be alive today and if I’ve been born 200 years ago. People would have confused my sezuires with me being possessed by a daemon I’m so lucky, never forget that this could be your last day on Earth You might suffer a stroke tomorrow and be gone in an instant Don’t waste your time complaining, I could spend all day thinking about what I can’t do. because of my brain damage, but instead I just spend time with the people I love and who love me back I have a simple, but good life and that’s all that matters to me. Thank you for listening to my story please subscribe for more animated stories.