Un Pour Tous, Tous Pour Un! All for one, and one for all!
This motto is one that is associated with the Three Musketeers; in the novel these words are cleverly used to describe the loyalty between three companions. Their dedication to each other and their cause! Words that explain the fact that no matter what came their way, they were together through thick and thin!
After our son’s diagnosis with Epilepsy those words were heard day and night as he battled to find a sense of himself, to understand the changes not only in his life, but also in his brain! While; we, as his parents wondered why him , and how we were going to get past obstacles! Words heard as his siblings rallied to help him through each day, putting their own needs aside! These words echoed as we lost friendships and relationships changed! These words we cling to as air, for survival! “ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ALL!
There are 50+ million people worldwide; it does not matter if they are rich or poor, their nationality makes no difference. It does not ask whether they are a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, a niece , a nephew, a grandmother, a grand father, a wife, a husband, a son , a daughter…a friend, a lover, a co-worker, an employee, or a neighbor! These 50+ million have something in common they have been diagnosed with Epilepsy.
50+ million people who are searching for answers, trying to understand, fighting to survive, seeking acceptance, making adjustments, overcoming obstacles and living in the day they are given!
50+million people who individually have a strength that endures the hardest day, a will that could move the largest mountain and above all the mindset that they cannot lose and the determination to never give up or back down.
Yes it is important to have individual strength, to have strength and unity as a family core!
But the most powerful the most meaningful of these is the true understanding in knowing there is; something so much more, than what we can see in front of us, than what we can hear, than what we can touch… and that is that we went from one voice to 50+million who are all in unison saying “All for one, and one for all!” That We went from standing alone to being surrounded by 50+ million who all stand on one platform created out of the words “all for one, and one for all!
That our touch reaches out with our determination not to stop with in our own lives but when we as individuals work tirelessly day in and day out to raise awareness, to advocate, to support, to love, to lift, to listen and to help others see that they are not alone in this journey!
It took three years for my family and I to learn these valuable lessons, and now we know that although there must be individual strength and family unity that the biggest power comes from 50+ million people who are willing to no longer be individuals or strangers but become family and believe in those words “All For One, and One For All” and stand united as an Epilepsy community with one voice and say;
We are one, our cause is one, and we must help each other if we are to succeed! ~ Fredrick Douglass 1847