GARRISON, TX (KTRE) - There's a Mother's Day story coming out of Garrison in Nacogdoches County.
It's about a mom who only wants her 14-year-old epileptic son to do anything that makes him happy, within reason, of course. The bond between the mother and son creates a pretty normal life for the Garrison Middle School student.
Fourteen-year-old Colby Geoff is into weight training for next year's football season with the Garrison Bulldogs. Colby's mom, Tiffany, carries a heavy weight too. Her son was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 4.
"When he got diagnosed, he was having about 100 seizures a day," Tiffany said.
The seizures weren't obvious. Colby would just sort of daydream. Kind of zone out.
"He would just get lost. I called it 'Colby moments', you know, so I had no clue," Tiffany said
Eventually the seizures became more obvious.
"He went into one and he stayed in it for about four minutes and he come out of it for a few seconds," Tiffany said. "Then he went back into it for another six or seven minutes."
There's no cure for epilepsy, but meds can control the neurological condition caused by brief changes in the brain's electric balance.
"A year and a half ago we were taking 27 pills a day and then a shot a night," Tiffany said.
Now Colby is down to four pills and one injection giving doctors the hope that he's outgrowing the severity of the lifelong condition. Mom is pretty confident about how she chose to raise Colby.
"I chose to just let him live life to the most and whatever he wanted to do," Tiffany said.
"I wouldn't get to do all the things I get to do," Colby said. I wouldn't get to go fishing or hunting."
If his mother hadn't allowed Colby to live his life, he also wouldn't be able to play basketball, play football, or lift weights.
"He's just a miracle," Tiffany said. "He's a miracle everyday he has. Just a miracle."
Colby and his mom are active with the Epilepsy Foundation Texas. They plan to attend the East Texas Epilepsy Family Conference. It's Saturday at Stephen F. Austin State University's Shelton's Gym from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. A basketball entertainer will keep the whole family laughing.
You can register online here. Admission for the entire family is only $20.