Woodbridge native Jamie Botwick, age 22, knows what it's like to face discrimination and prejudice. But she's both fighting back and speaking out for greater tolerance. In her own brave way she is stretching the definition of diversity to include those with medical conditions, like the epilepsy she has lived with for the past 11 years. She asks others to "see us as we are — see us as people, and treat us fairly."
Jamie began life as a normal, healthy child with no family history of epilepsy. But after suffering symptoms of what seemed to be a routine viral infection when she was eleven, one day her parents found her in her bed in the grips of a grand mall seizure that doctors were unable to control.