MTV's "True Life" followed two people who suffer from epilepsy and were in desperate search of effective treatment. We had an opportunity to check in with Tabitha and Kenzie of "True Life: I Have Epilepsy" to see how their lives have changed since filming wrapped. Take a look at our follow-up Q&As:
Are you still working out?
Of course I am still working out! It's been the best thing to help me. When I feel too bad or things are too rough, I've learned to take a few days off, thanks to my phenomenal coaches. I actually even started competing in local competitions -- they are so much fun! Scary sometimes, because they're not at my own gym and people don't know me and my situation, but I don't let that stop me.
Do you know of any other CrossFit athlete who has epilepsy?
I actually only know of one: Jenny Labaw. She's a CrossFit Games Athlete and a huge encouragement to me. For so long, I didn't think it was possible to do what I do, and nobody understood. And then I was connected to her, and my idea of that has changed. She understood me on so many levels, so to anyone who tells me that working out or CrossFit is a dumb idea, I have so much to teach you!
You get lots of rides from people. If you could ever kick your seizures, would you want to someday drive a car?
All I can say is getting rides from anyone makes me feel awful, and I don't think anyone really understands that. They think "Oh, she's so lucky" because I don't have to pay for a car or gas, but the reality is, if I don't figure out a ride, I can't get from Point A to Point B. So, if my seizures were to ever become under control, yes, I'd want a car. I want that independence. I could do so much more for myself and better my life in so many ways.
How has it been having Julie Foucher as a friend and mentor?
Having Julie alongside me has been an incredible blessing. The moment she walked into my hospital room, I was speechless and I seriously thought I was going to lose it crying! Since then, she has still been an inspiration, friend and role model. So many people make fun of me or crack jokes because I'm such a huge fan, and now she's become a friend and mentor! I want to pursue nursing school, and seeing her pursue medical school and take on CrossFit at such an elite level is really encouraging. She's seriously one of the best people I've met -- she actually believes in me.
How are things going with you and Evan?
Evan and I are still together and loving it. Evan is a champ in helping me with everything, and I couldn't be happier with where he and I are at.
How have your seizures been lately?
I went without a seizure from December (when I had one on-stream) all the way until March (when it happened on-stream again.) That three-month break was the longest I had gone without a seizure in more than two years, so let's hope that I can go at least three more months seizure-free!
Looks like your Twitch gaming is blowing up. Has it grown since the show?
Our twitch.tv/mackenseize channel has grown so much since the filming. I decided to not continue with the cheer job; instead, I am putting all my efforts into my channel with more than 220 hours a month of live streaming. The channel now has more than 300,000 views and more than 11,000 followers. I continue to stream more than 60 hours a week, and the channel is growing and growing, spreading epilepsy awareness one win at a time.
Do you think you'll ever be seizure-free?
I don't know if I will ever be seizure-free -- only one doctor has ever told me that could be a possibility. But I am looking to the future and hoping that medicine will one day help others, even if it's long after I'm gone.