Episode #12: Elaine Gabalac – Living With Epilepsy


Can accepting and embracing your adversities be the key to living out your wildest dreams?

Empowered and impassioned, my guest, Elaine Gabalac, opens up for the first time about living with epilepsy.

Diagnosed at the age of fourteen, Elaine was angry, sad and scared. She just wanted her life back. But things had to get a lot worse before she realized that the very thing destroying her life, was also the very thing she needed to embrace–and that thing was fear.

“Fear is useless,” she says. “You can’t summon courage to meet fear from a place of emptiness.”

Grateful now for having epilepsy, it’s taught Elaine how to accept and embrace adversity and how to overcome fear.

“Now I can catch all that is good and within my reach. I can enjoy the little things in life. That’s the art of living,” she says. “But it’s a choice. Healing is a choice; faith is a choice; courage is a choice.”

Life is a choice.

We have “one life,” says Mark Nepo.

“Just one. Why aren’t we running like we’re on fire towards our wildest dreams?”

Give yourself the chance to live the life you’re dreaming about. Run like you’re on fire and listen to today’s episode of Bite of Courage at my website here. For linking to your favorite podcast app, click here.

Until next time,

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Daring, and take a bite of courage.

See you next week.


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4 Responses to “Episode #12: Elaine Gabalac – Living With Epilepsy”

  1. Albert AncelAugust 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

    Great courage and gratitude.

    • MO VEARAugust 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

      😘 Thanks, Al. Amazing woman, Elaine.

  2. GTAugust 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

    Mo , You have a real knack for drawing forth persons who illustrate remarkable aspects of this thing we call courage.

    I nearly had my own little spasm when Elaine said she had a seizure while bathing the baby. I thought her words on humility were very wise, and I think her life has been one of great achievement.
    I also think your instruction to the boys that everyone has a story is a profound one.

    • MO VEARAugust 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words, GT. And yes, Elaine’s life and her continued progress is remarkable and inspiring! Love, Mo

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