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Cathi Shaw talks Epilepsy Awareness month

Today, I want to share with you a post from Cathi Shaw. Cathi is the author of Five Corners, a story about three girls with mysterious birthmark that is somehow tied to the death of another child with the same birthmark. During the month of March, Cathi is donating 10% of sales of her novel to the Epilepsy Awareness Squad, a group of teens who are helping to spread awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding epilepsy.

Cathi ShawMarch is Epilepsy Awareness month. And I’m donating 10% of the sales from my novel Five Corners to the Epilepsy Awareness Squad and the Center for Epilepsy Education in BC.

Why Epilepsy? My daughter Cait, who is 16, has Epilepsy. She’s had the disorder her entire life but was diagnosed after her first seizure at age 2. As a parent that was terrifying to watch but I was lucky because my mum also had Epilepsy. And my mum lives a normal life. She worked for 37 years as a Registered Nurse, she raised a family and she basically did whatever she wanted. So when Cait was diagnosed with Epilepsy herself, I didn’t worry that it would affect her future prospects.

And for the most part it hasn’t. My daughter is normal 16-year old. But she, unlike my mum, decided last year to become an advocate for Epilepsy awareness. And that means that everyone knows she has Epilepsy (sometimes before they get to know her, which can be tough).

The Epilepsy Awareness Squad is Cait’s organization. She, along with her best friend Dan Nixon, created an organization to spread awareness about the disorder and to connect with people who have Epilepsy. What they’ve done is amazing! And to me it’s even more amazing because they are teens making a difference on their own. You can check out their work at (or follow them on Twitter @easquad). They also created an awesome video featuring people with Epilepsy from all over the world – have a look:

So what has all this got to do with Five Corners, besides the fact that I’m donating a portion of my March sales to Epilepsy programs? Well, one of the main characters in my novel, Thia, actually has Epilepsy. Her seizures are not controlled because in Five Corners they don’t have the advantages of modern medicine; however, Thia’s seizures are also a blessing because with them she has visions that let her catch glimpses into the future (and these visions save lives on numerous occasions).

Five Corners tells the story of three adopted sisters: Thia, Mina and Kiara, who all are born with a mysterious Mark. Although they aren’t birth related, they don’t really question the Mark as Brijit, their adoptive mother refuses to speak of it. They sort of forget about it – that is until Kiara sees the dead girl who also has the Mark. And when she questions Brijit, she discovered that other children with Mark have also been murdered.

Before long strangers arrive in the small village where the girls live and they find themselves having to flee their home and rely on strangers. Except one of the newcomers isn’t a stranger to Thia.

Teague and Thia have been sharing a relationship in their dreams for ten years. Thia thought Teague was just a figment of her imagination but when he arrives at the Inn with his brother and father she realizes that she’s been dreaming about a real person. And even more – Teague recognizes Thia, too!

Five CornersYou can read more about Five Corners on Cathi’s Tumblr page or on Goodreads:

Cathi is also on Twitter (@cathishaw) and on Facebook ( She loves to hear from her readers and to talk about books and writing!

This is really a great cause – you can help support it by purchasing Five Corners at Amazon.

Posted by Guest Post @ 7:13 am March 12, 2014.
Category: Guest Posts

  • Cathi Shaw

    Thanks for hosting me! :)

  • Courtney Wilson

    Thanks for stopping by here Cathi! It’s definitely a great cause and I hope that the exposure helps!

  • Cathi Shaw

    Well, thank YOU for hosting me, Courtney! Epilepsy is still not well understood by most of us. Education is key to reducing the stigma. People with Epilepsy are just like the rest of us and many people with the disorder actually seem to be more artistic and creative than is the norm. :)