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

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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.

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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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Originally published: April 9, 2018
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