74 years old
Judy was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2 years old. She wasn’t formally diagnosed with TSC until approximately 25 years later when what she believed was an unrelated medical issue led her a doctor’s office. The research strides in TSC along with questions she asked and tests she received resulted in her TSC diagnosis.
Over the next 40 years, the physical effects, additional symptoms and psychological effects trickled in, despite being seizure- and medication-free since her late teens. In her early 20s, Judy thought she was an epilepsy survivor but soon found out it was just the beginning of a roller coaster ride of a lifetime.
Before retiring, she was a Vice President for a bank’s commercial mortgage division. Judy has one son and one granddaughter, who are both TSC free. These days, she’s an avid outdoors person.
One of Judy’s favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”