It was a warm August afternoon at the Kash household in Madison, Alabama. Maria stepped outside to call her 5 children to dinner from the backyard where they were playing.
One of her children, the spunkiest of the bunch, Alexandria, couldn’t be separated from the swing set. She was challenging her older sisters to a contest to see who could swing the highest. At the dinner table, Maria’s husband Travis served the two youngest boys while Maria returned from the fridge with orange juice. That’s when Maria’s oldest daughter came running to her in a panicked state. “Mom, Alex is doing this really weird shaking thing!”
The ‘weird shaking thing’ turned out to be Alex’s first seizure. One seizure turned into 3 in one month. Soon they were happening every morning and night. Over the span of a couple years, Alex’s condition degenerated to the point where she was having 400-500 seizures some days. The process not only left Alex incapacitated cognitively and physically for days on end, but it also left her parents and doctors mystified.
One thing was for sure, though. Alex wasn’t going to give in. She approached every day with a hunger and zeal for life. She had, of course, already beaten the odds.