Well.. where do I even start?? Jackie has had a really tough hard life. When Jackie was 14 she randomly started having seizures. The doctors couldn't figure it out. She didn't get in an accident, she didn't bump her head, nothing. They were apparently brought on by "growing up." She would have a few a week, nothing major. Well.. with every seizure Jackie had, it slowed her down. Pretty soon she started getting really behind in school. Kids started thinking she was "awkward or weird." People on the outside had no idea what she was going through physically and mentally. She was only at school about half the time. All of the friends that Jackie did have ended up going on with their lives while Jackie had to start living hers at home. Seizures started getting more and more frequent. After 2 or 3 years, Jackie was a puzzle to the doctors. She was seizing every 3 minutes and had to be in the hospital constantly. It was BEYOND hard on my family and parents, but especially my little sister... to this day I have never heard a single complaint from that girl. She is the strongest person that I know. Seeing her go through something so challenging was the toughest thing I have ever had to go through. She has made so many people stronger for facing those challenging things and always keeping a smile on her face. Jackie ended up staying in the hospital for awhile. She lost over 30 pounds in there... she was so exhausted, couldn't stay awake for the life of her. Normally having 1 seizure would completely wear her out, and she was having one every 2-3 minutes for days on end. She missed out on everything. Her whole high school life. That was such a fun time for me when I was her age. It was so hard to see her miss out on that. Not being able to go to Friday night games, Junior Prom, dates.. anything.
About two years ago, (also Jackies Senior year of High School) all the specialists from around the country came together and had a conference on Jackie. A lot of them were completely shocked at her story. But they also said the surgery would hopefully help her to the point she would only have a few seizures a week again. The doctors finally decided to do it. She had gone through enough in the past 6 years. My family was terrified. We were told that she might lose a lot of her memory, have speech problems, among a lot of other problems. She decided that it was worth the risk and she wanted to go for that slight chance that she might be able to live a semi-normal life.
Well.. they cut her head from ear to ear. They went in and took out a 2 inch by 3 inch piece of Jackies brain. They thought they had gotten all of the problem area. The next day Jackie woke up. She remembered all of us. She could still read, write, and do everything BETTER than before. The girl suprised us all again :) She responded really well to the surgery.. for about a year her life was back to normal. Not a SINGLE seizure :) She was able to go out and get a job, try to meet some friends, and hopefully start living her life again. Well about 5 months ago, the seizures started again. We are hoping and praying it doesn't get back to where it was again.
Jackie is really shy now. Back before all of this started she had a cute group of friends, lots of self confidence, would dance around the house and just had a fun life. This situation has really taken a toll on her. I would love to be able to see her like that again and I think a makeover on my cute little sister would help to do the trick and help her be a little more confident. :) She is such a nice girl. Like I said before, I have never in my life heard her complain about her situation that she has been given. She makes the best out everything.. I wish we could all be a little more like her! :)
Well... guess who ended up getting PICKED??? My little sister!! yay :) Here are some pictures of that day!
The News Guys!
Jenna--Jackie looked fabulous!! You are such a great friend to me and I am BEYOND sad you are moving away from me. :( I'm going to miss you more than you will ever know! Love ya!!! and Jackie... you are such a great example to me and I love having you as a little sister! You are always such a happy girl even though you have had to go through so much in your life. Keep your chin up! :) and ANY AVAILABLE NICE, GOOD MANNERED, CUTE, RIGHTEOUS YOUNG MEN... Jackie is single and ready to mingle!!! :)