David Jensen: November 2011 Winner

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Having a seizure isn't uncommon for David Jensen. In fact, he had one on his way to meet 9NEWS for his 9Who CARE interview.

"I actually had a seizure at the bus stop and fell off the curb into the street, and I fell face first," said David.

Lucky for David, someone saw him.

"Somebody stopped and said 'I almost hit you sir, are you ok?' And I said 'no' and told her what happened, and she said 'Do you mind if I call 911?' I said 'No, I don't mind,'" David told 9NEWS.

David even called 9NEWS from the back of the ambulance to reschedule because as he says, "epilepsy is not who you are, it's just a part of you."

Since he was 18-months-old, David has had epilepsy.

"It's a brain disorder in which too many neurons go to your brain at once and tell you what to do which causes you to have seizures," said David.

When he was 11-years-old, David underwent brain surgery in hopes of stopping his seizures. But it went terribly wrong, and he suffered a stroke.

"I had to learn everything all over again, such as talk, walk and eat," David said.

Rehab was difficult but not impossible. And everyday since, David has been working towards his life's goal. 

"I think it's my job to advocate and tell kids what it is and make them understand." said David.

When he was in school, kids didn't understand his condition. David was even bullied for his disorder. But it only helped fuel his passion for epilepsy education.

And, for more than a decade, David has been volunteering at the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. From speaking at schools to being a counselor at a camp for epileptic kids, David's passion and perseverance is what makes him this months 9Who care winner.

To learn more about the Epilespy Foundation of Colorado or to volunteer go to http://www.epilepsycolorado.org/

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