Jacob Savoie was born and raised in Carencro, Louisiana, he is one of five in a big family.
At the age of 23, Savoie was diagnosed with encephalitis during his final year at LSU.
The odds of getting this rare brain disease are one out of 200,000 in the United States.
Savoie says it all started off with what seemed to be a cold.
He tells KLFY’s Brooke Silverang, that encephalitis is something that needs to be treated very quickly and if you are not emitted into the hospital within 48 to 72 hours, the effects could be very serious, and life changing, which includes serious brain injuries and can even lead to death.
Encephalitis is the irritation and swelling of the brain and can begin with just a simple viral infection.
“Once the brain really starts to fell the infection, its pain in the back of the neck, its pain really just all in your head.”
Savoie describes it as, just your basic reasoning being out the door. You can think all you want, even over think, but you can’t think of the right things, you can’t identify, you can’t say what you have to say and your mind is completely missing.
Encephalitis impairs hearing, memory, speech, and even muscle control. It can also take months to recover.
“Once your brain function stats to slow down, so does the rest of your body and that is essential on the timing and how quick you can detect and treat it.”
Savoie hopes to raise awareness about encephalitis and the marks it left on him and his loved ones.
He hearted a short film about his experience, which is competing against others from those who have faced encephalitis from Australia to the United Kingdom.
The film describes this journey and what his family went through as well.
The title is ‘My Missing Mind’.
The winner will be announced on Encephalitis Awareness Day, February 22.
The person who wins will have the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom and speak for a seminar about Encephalitis awareness.
“If you are able to survive you just live your life differently and you appreciate every little thing that you didn’t before.”
You can vote for the film before February 22 by following this link: