For our Chompian of the Month, we have Lindsay Wark! As November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, we're excited to share Lindsay's journey, positive outlook, plus her favorite Chomps flavor. Learn more about Lindsay below and how she navigates living with epilepsy.
Can you tell us about yourself - what you do, a bit about your story, etc.?
I am 33 years old, have two sisters and recently moved to Florida from Illinois. I graduated from the University of Iowa REACH Program in 2012 – Go Hawkeyes!
I was diagnosed with epilepsy and underwent brain surgery as a small baby. The surgery was a success (woohoo!) and I lived seizure free until I was 14 years old. Since then, it has been a journey of finding the right medications that work for my epilepsy and although not perfect, medication has allowed me to manage my seizures and be able to live my life! You never know when or how life will throw new challenges at you, but what’s important is how you deal with them.
What’s your best tip on how to stay positive?
I wake up every day focused on the positive rather than thinking about the things that are difficult for me. I also try to be patient with myself and others which leads to more room for positivity! I am so fortunate to have support from my family and friends who push me to be the best person I can be.
What’s your workout routine?
I love being outdoors. Nearly every morning I walk for 45 minutes and often swim in the pool – new perks of living in Florida! For fun, I recently started playing bocce ball!
How do you consider yourself a “game changer?”
I am a game changer because I take on every challenge with my head held high, sleeves rolled up and ready to tackle it. No challenge is too big for me to overcome, and I’ve learned that it’s ok to ask for help. I have a great and supportive network of friends and family and often we are better at tackling challenges together. We are all game changers because we encourage, support and lean on one another.
What’s the best thing you do for your personal health?
Walking each morning takes care of my physical health and music takes care of the mental health. Music is my go-to therapy. I enjoy all genres of music, but country is what I listen to most. Music for me is both inspirational and healing.
What is your favorite Chomps product?
Sea Salt Beef is my #1, but I always keep a variety of flavors nearby! When hunger calls, Chomps answers. Lucky for me, my sister works at Chomps and she is so nice to share with me 😊.
How does Chomps fuel your lifestyle?
I LOVE afternoon snacks and having Chomps is a much better and more nutritious snack than other options out there. No matter where I am, whether it is at home or at the bocce ball court, Chomps is a great snack to keep me going. Plus, protein is good for your brain!