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What It's Like Being a Mom With Epilepsy and Anxiety


I’ve found having epilepsy in today’s world is not the easiest disorder to help people understand. Adding anxiety to epilepsy makes it almost impossible. Almost!

When I try to get people to understand, whether it’s friends, family or just acquaintances, I always love to start with saying, “Of course having epilepsy and anxiety makes me different!” So they know from the beginning that I already know I’m not like anyone else. Of course no one person is exactly like the next person. Yet epilepsy and anxiety make me extra special. I don’t have an intellectual disability; I can talk, write and do anything else others can. I’m not physically disabled either. I can run, walk and play with my children just like the next mom. I love spending time with my children like any mom — some moms just have a easier time getting around, regardless of whether they have a disability or not.

Yes, having epilepsy has made me do things a little differently than most people. For instance, if my daughter wanted to run (literally) and get food, drink, clothes etc. I would have to let her know she needs to wait for me. I can’t just get up and start running around. I have to pace myself. Luckily my wonderful children understand and love helping me spread my message. Just because someone has a disability or disorder, do not judge them.

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