When Epilepsy Runs in Your Family
I’m not much of a writer, but I would like to tell my story. Seizures have run in my family for decades. My family only has records up to my aunts and uncles, but it is believed that some of my family from as far back as the early 1900’s had seizures. They don’t know for sure because it would never have been revealed then due to the stereotypes of that time period.
I was officially diagnosed with epilepsy when I was in grade four in 1990. I am currently 37 and it is still part of my daily life. Everything from remembering to take medications to seizures occurring is in my mind every day. I try to have a positive outlook as I feel others have it much worse than I do. I am lucky to have family and close friends that support me and are there for me when I need it. My parents have been there for me from the start and they never held me back out of fear for my health and well-being, even though they knew the possible dangers in doing so.
I also know the dangers that come with seizures; they are always in the back of my head. Sometimes I worry I might not make it through the day or wake up the next morning. There are down times, but I’ve always tried to remain positive and not let epilepsy control my life.
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