Faces of Epilepsy - Katie Honsa - Epilepsy Foundation of CT

I started having Partial Seizures when I was three years old. I used to have them every couple of minutes, every day. My mother had to keep a journal to track of how many I had. I don’t remember much of my childhood, except being in the hospital and the great nurses that took care of me. After many different medications, my epilepsy is mostly under control. I still have them at night.

In middle school and through high school I was embarrassed to tell people about my epilepsy, so I would sometimes pretend to be someone I’m not. I would act fake, trying to blend in when really I don’t. I’m slower than the other kids in my class and I have to work a lot harder.  I couldn’t read very well until sophomore year when I got put in a reading class with a wonderful teacher that changed my life. My math has improved a lot this year too. I’m the kind of kid who is shy in class. I don’t talk much, I don’t ask questions, I just listen. I’m eighteen now and a senior in high school. I work at a daycare I love it. I’m thinking about going to college and taking some child development courses so I can continue in the daycare field. I have a loving family who is there for me and very supportive


The Epilepsy Foundation and our support group “The Shoreline Shakers” has helped me to see that I’m not the only one that is struggling with the same problems I have. It’s really great to talk to someone that gets what I’m talking about. I have a brother name Jamie Honsa who is 21, he has been there through the ups and downs. He used to pick on me a lot which was annoying but all brothers pick on their little sister. My dad passed away when I was 9 and Jamie was 12. We struggled for a few years, but with the help of family, we got through it. Now I live in Niantic, CT with my mom and Stepdad, Mark. He has done a wonderful job of taking care of us and over the years we have become very close. I know now, that my future is up to me and I can do anything I want!

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