This is the story of Jim Blowitski. The 41-year-old is a resident of Washington, D.C.'s Logan Circle neighborhood. He first had uncontrollable grand mal seizures in 2012. Doctors could not find a root cause, so they put him in a coma. The root cause turned out to be viral encephalitis, a viral infection of the brain. This unknown virus resulted in refractory (drug-resistant) epilepsy and anterograde and retrograde amnesia – the difficulty remembering and forming new memories.
This is his story about how he lives with, and thrives despite, these circumstances.