My Story

Trysten was born in Houston, Texas, in July 2001. He is 17 years old, attends Ball High School on Galveston Island and lives in Galveston County, Texas, with his mother. Trysten travels to visit his father in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, during the holidays and summer break. They enjoy traveling the world and have visited many countries together. 


Trysten’s story of epilepsy begins with a diagnosis of Grand Mal-Tonic Clonic Seizures and a heart condition, Sinus Arrhythmia, at age 12 in August 2013 while visiting family in Huntsville, Texas. After his diagnosis, he found that having epilepsy was not easy to talk about with others which left him feeling alone and excluded. After spending three weeks in the hospital and being told to hide his condition to keep from being held back in life, he and his mother decided it was time to make a difference by raising awareness. It was time to talk about it!


In February 2014, Trysten became one of the co-founders of the Galveston County Epilepsy Awareness Support Group, in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation Texas, Houston/Dallas-Fort Worth/West Texas. The group has more than 160 members to date. Trysten realized he is not alone, he is 1 in 26.


By October of that same year, at age 13, he established the UTMB Epilepsy Fund at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. This fund supports Dr. Todd Masel’s Epilepsy Program in the Department of Neurology. Trysten hopes to someday see Galveston County build a Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit so that children like him do not have to travel outside the county for this service.


With November being “National Epilepsy Awareness Month”, he worked with the city of Galveston on a 2014 proclamation from the mayor to recognize this special month of awareness.


As an advocate of the Epilepsy Foundation Texas - Houston/Dallas-Fort Worth/West Texas, Trysten has delivered 35 presentations since his diagnosis through his Boy Scout Troop 192 - Galveston on First Aid in Epilepsy, with his largest crowd to date being 66 Rotary Club members.  



Other Highlights:

  • May, 2015 - Galveston County Lemonade Day Business of the Year recipient, donating 100 percent of his $1,000 profit to epilepsy programs


  • November, 2015 - Danny Did Foundation grant recipient to attend Epilepsy Awareness Day Disneyland, California


  • April, 2016 - Teens Speak Up! Texas Representative and Conference Speaker, selected by the Epilepsy Foundation of America and the Epilepsy Foundation Texas - Houston, hosted in Washington, D.C.
    • ​Sessions with Congressman Randy Weber, Representative Judge Ted Poe, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz



  • May, 2016 - Galveston County Lemonade Day Business of the Year recipient, donating 100 percent of his $1,500 profit to epilepsy programs


  • June, 2016 - George P. Mitchell Ethics Award recipient and recognition by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, in Galveston, Texas




  • November, 2016 - Through presentations at City Council Meetings, established 4 proclamations for National Epilepsy Awareness Month in collaboration with city mayors within Galveston County: City of Texas City, Hitchcock, Friendswood and League City.


  • November, 2017 - La Marque City Council Meeting, Mayor Bobby Hocking established TRYSTEN PEARSON DAY and City of La Marque proclamation for National Epilepsy Awareness Month



  • March, 2018 - Featured on K-TOR Radio Program "Talk Time with Mr. T" at Ball High School (ktorthetornado.com) on Thursday afternoons with Media Arts Director, Mike Dudas, covering teen questions, medical topics, and sharing the challenges of Epilepsy. 



  • November, 2018 - Featured on Vinyl Draught Radio Program "Thrive Life Radio" with Amy Gernaat and Epilepsy Foundation Texas Program Director, Rebecca Monroe 


  • December, 2018 - Sam's Law Advocate for House Bill 684 - SamsLaw.org 





  • February, 2019 - BSA Court of Honor: Life Scout Award Recipient. Life is the second-highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts.  Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill.  


  • And the list keeps growing...
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Trysten has a heart as big as Texas with a great passion to help others and wants you to know that, regardless of epilepsy, he still enjoys his love of swimming, fishing, bowling, and sailing. This condition will never slow him down as he travels and sails through life!