Seizures amid the pandemic: Dothan woman describes battle against seizures amid the pandemic

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Seizures. They can be terrifying and sometimes deadly but one Dothan resident has made it through and wants others to do the same.

Abbie Williams was nine years old when she started having seizures. According to the Mayo Clinic, a seizure is a sudden uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain.

Those with seizures typically experience temporary confusion, go through a staring spell, uncontrollable jerking movement and loss of consciousness.

Growing up, Abbie tried figuring out what was causing her seizures.

“As I was going to doctor to doctor they didn’t know anything about it and they didn’t do anything about it and it took multiple years to actually figure out what’s going on,” Williams said.

That’s when doctors realized seizures ran in her family. Typically, those who have seizures undergo a lot of testing, but Abbie says she wasn’t getting that.

But that didn’t stop her from finding a doctor that gave her the proper treatment to get better. That’s why she encourages those struggling with seizures to keep pushing.

“Giving up is the worst thing you can ever do because I didn’t give up,” Williams said. “Do not give up I didn’t and I’m glad I didn’t I’m so happy I didn’t.”

Despite the pandemic, Abbie made it through and wants others to use her story to get through their seizure experiences and seek help.

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