For his entire life, Harry has lived with a seizure disorder. The first seizure he remembers happened at just two years old. When the diagnosis became official, Harry received an important message from his parents.
“The day that I was diagnosed with epilepsy, they took me home and sat me down in the living room and sent my brother and sister away. And they said, ‘OK, you’ve just been diagnosed, and you’ve just been handed a list of things you can’t do. Try to concentrate on the ones you can.’”
Harry has always tried to find his niche since then, even if it has evolved over the years. He’s volunteered for numerous local organizations. He’s comforted families in the ICU of a local hospital as a counselor. Now he strives to help people wherever they are. Often, that means sharing some of his own experiences.
“To help other people, I had to reach inside myself and deal with things that had happened to me. And that was the hard part. Once I got that, though-- it’s very good for me to be able to do that.”
“It’s extremely fulfilling. But it’s not the ‘sit in the office, tell me your problem’ kind of feeling. It’s just, if I sense somebody needs an outlet, I provide that outlet.”