Meet our MES Ambassadors and Join With Us



Ashley Garcia – CA

My name is Ashley Garcia. I am a 23 year old student from CA. I was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 13, and have been seizure free for 4 years.

I became involved with My Epilepsy Story because I believe it plays a vital role in helping women realize they are not alone in their fight against epilepsy. I am proud to be a part of this mission.

Mariellen Ghavami – CA

My name is Mariellen Ghavami and I live in California. I am a wife, mother, optometrist, and woman living with epilepsy. My epilepsy journey began 7 years ago. I’ve become passionate about helping other girls and women navigate the unique challenges that living with epilepsy presents.



Rachel Sirman – LA


Hi my name is Rachel Sirman. I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have had epilepsy for 4 and a half years. I was diagnosed in January of 2015. I met Brandy from her organization several months ago and got very interested in wanting to help support and fully advocate for other ladies/ girls who have epilepsy. It is an important medical condition for everyone’s lives that feel impacted by it.


Melissa Wastler – MD


Hello everyone!  I am super excited to be part of MES!!  My name is Melissa Wastler. I am a married mom of 3.  I was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. One of my passions is teaching.  I am very blessed to do something I love every single day when I enter my classroom! My epilepsy was diagnosed in 2012.  I had brain surgery in February 2014 to remove a lesion that was the original source of my seizures.  I am living proof that you can do anything that you set your mind to!

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Carmella Isabella – NY


My name is Carmela Isabella and I am from Queens, NY.  At the end of 2014, I became confused after having two unusual seizures.  I came across My Epilepsy Story around 2015 while researching epilepsy.  Among other things, I was searching for other people who might have had the same experience as me.  Women only have each other to advocate for their health, which is why I want to get involved with My Epilepsy Story.


Betty Garland – OH


My name is Betty Garland and I am from Columbus, Ohio. I have had Epilepsy since I was 2 years old and now I am 40 years old.

Why I want to help women and girls is because I would them to get stronger and be happy, we all have different ways of life. So I want to let them know we can’t let Epilepsy run our lives, it is good to have something you always wanted and work to get it.

Become an MES Ambassador!

Becoming an MES Ambassador is all about raising awareness for women and girls living with epilepsy. Do you or loved one suffer from seizures? If so, then this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the epilepsy community and help enact change through advocacy, research, and education for these valiant females. We welcome women or girls with seizures, their family members, and those who have lost wives, daughters, or sisters (and more) to epilepsy. If you are interested, please contact us or donate today!