Epilepsy Blog Relay: Andrea prepares for a tour with her band Motion Device

This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™, which will run from June 1 to June 30, 2018.  Follow along!

Andrea’s story

When people see Andrea Menoudakis, whether it’s in a Youtube video or on stage with her rock band Motion Device, for the most part they will see one thing – a musician.  She just turned 21 and has already been playing piano for sixteen years and bass for over a decade.  It’s safe to say she feels most comfortable with an instrument at her finger tips but there’s a lot more to her than meets the eye.  After Andrea finished high school with honours she immediately began working full-time as an instructor in an after-school tutoring program.  Besides teaching, keeping busy with her music and playing in a rock band, she also has one more unique quality about her… Andrea has epilepsy.

Diagnosed with epilepsy

At the age of seven, Andrea’s parents noticed she started having short staring spells.  She would stop whatever she was doing for a second or two and then continue where she left off as if nothing happened.  The staring spells began to occur more frequently and last longer than a few seconds as she grew older so the time came to seek out a medical opinion. 

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