Life Living With Epilepsy Revealed In Insightful New Book

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Author shares his constant struggles with his disability especially in his life as an artist.

As a child, author Richard F. Davis’ greatest desire was to make his father proud and serve in the military like he did. But that dream ended when he had an auto accident in 1974. He had to do the alternative and use his art doing military drawing and painting and work for businesses and sign painting along with murals through life. In Seized Again, Davis shares his life story including his constant struggle with the seizures brought about by epilepsy.

Life as an artist is not easy. But life as an artist with epilepsy is even harder. Many times while creating a piece of art, Davis would find himself experiencing a seizure that would seize his thoughts and body. Instead of the paint flowing onto the canvas with beauty and stride from the bristles of the brush, it went to the spilling and thrashing of paint with no conscious control. Many an art work was destroyed this way. Davis was not meant to be writer. But given a paintbrush or pencil, canvas and paper, he will paint a story that people can look at and think about. Still, he believes that his is a story that needs to be told, hence Seized Again was born.

The author shares, “I want to reach out to the public and try hard to share with people about this illness that is so unknown to the public eye. I even have been denied of disability due to epilepsy not being considered as a disability and so I want people to understand how this has been such a struggle, yet though life I have overcome times of wanting to end life and losing the ones I loved the most because they couldn't handle someone with epilepsy.”

In this autobiographical account, Davis shares how he attempted to live an average life despite his disability, how he experienced disappointments and discouragements with his talent due to seizures, and how he found the drive to move on through the people who loved and supported him. An eye-opening and insightful read, Seized Again puts into perspective exactly how others with this disability feel both emotionally and physically.

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About the Author
An auto accident in 1974 ended Richard F. Davis’s dream of a military career. Since then, Davis has devoted his energies and talents through his artwork. His painting of the U.S. Capital is hung in Washington D.C. and reproductions of Davis’s work have been created for Texas Instruments, the Air National Guard, and the Pentagon. Recently he won the national art contest in 2009 titled “Expressions of Courage” and in 2010 in an art contest titled “Seize the day” with the Epilepsy Therapy Project. He now resides in Florida.

Seized Again * by Richard F. Davis
Publication Date: July 19, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 377 pages; 978-1-4628-9255-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 377 pages; 978-1-4628-9256-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-9257-0

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