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Who is Electro Girl?

My name is Lainie Chait, I am an author, performer, podcaster and stand up comedian. I am very much an advocate for people treating themselves holistically for any condition that they have been diagnosed with. By holistic I mean, exploring outside the confines of an allopathic doctor’s diagnosis and treatment and using that as a springboard to embark upon other healing modalities to keep the seizures, which was my story, or other symptoms relating to your experience at bay.  After diagnosis, you have a duty of care to yourself that you need to take seriously in order to manage your condition. The duty of care isn’t just about walking out of a doctor’s office with a prescription and management plan to take pills for the rest of your life or to restrict your behaviour and wave a white flag in the air of surrender. You are in the driver’s seat!!! Listening to your doctor is just one step in your journey back to health, as health is a holistic game. I am in no way saying don’t listen to the doctor, what I am advocating is to not be afraid to trial other things on top of the treatment recommended by your medical professional. Pharmaceuticals are over used in this day and age and need not be the only method of treating and managing our brains, immune system and health in general. I know this as I have lived it myself and only found this out when I had the courage to explore for myself other options. The side effects of a pharmaceutical approach was making my life miserable so I jumped back in to the picture, took the reins off the practitioners and found a way to rise above the allopathic prognosis presented to me. I cover this very topic in a podcast I started in 2021 called Love your Diagnosis which takes a weekly look into the life of someone who has been diagnosed with a condition/illness. The interviews find a flow and dialogue around the choices and changes people start to make in their lives when they learn that they have to live with dis-ease, partially brought about by their choices. A diagnosis can be seen as a gift if you look at it as a second chance to get to know and treat yourself in a more loving way.  I had been in the throes of writing an autobiography about my journey living a symbiotic existence with Epilepsy for 16 years and I finally self published it in 2017. There were many reasons I wrote ‘Electro Girl’ but the main ones are that:
  1. I was looking to promote awareness about our brains and how we need to look after them as they are integral to our survival.
  2. I wanted to debunk stigmas around Epilepsy and attempt to release some of the fear that many have about witnessing people who have seizures
  3. I wanted to inspire people to not take a backseat after they walk out of a doctor’s office with a diagnosis of any kind.
I called the book and stage show ‘Electro Girl’ as she was a superhero persona that I invented when I was 19 to help me cope with the concept of having to live with Epilepsy “forever” which was the prognosis at that time. I have had nearly 300 tonic clonic aka grand mal seizures in 26 years. Each one brought me a step closer to understanding why I have them, when they might happen and what are the triggers to look out for in order to avoid having them altogether. I am now on a mixture of a small amount of pharmaceutical medication, supplements, vitamins and a process of practicing mindfulness and neuroplasticity techniques to rewire my brain away from the negative thoughts that trigger my brain to misfire. I also have a healthy diet that I use as medicine to feed my body, mind and soul as well as an exercise regime that keeps me strong and fit. Come share the journey and the knowledge with me and empower yourselves to get better from the inside out. If you’d like to be part of the podcast and share your story contact me here. If you’d like to book an author talk so I can help dispel myths and stigmas and increase awareness around epilepsy contact me here. If you’d like me to do a corporate talk around epilepsy, mental health and what it means to really look after your brain contact me here Click here to see if I’m doing a show in your town Click here to book me for a comedy show around living with epilepsy In love, light and electricity Lainie “I wanted to thank you so very much for sharing your epilepsy story and making people aware of what is needed when someone is having a fit. This last week two of my clients have had fits and I’ve been able to manage it calmly and safely. This is because of you. Thank you so much beautiful ????????