2 thoughts on “Illness

  1. Being diagnosed with epilepsy was one of the most impactful things that ever happened to me. People view my learning disabilities and epilepsy as a weakness, but it’s not. If anything, it changed me for the better. It helped me become a strong, independent, and motivated person. Before my diagnoses with epilepsy, I excelled in my grade level. I was able to understand every concept; my teachers would always praise me about how brilliant I was. Then a year later I felt like my life was falling apart as I was diagnosed with Petit mal seizures. I used to enjoy and love school but after my diagnosis learning became very difficult for me. I developed severe anxiety. It felt like my life was spiraling out of control. I felt like I could never tell anyone about my epilepsy. I didn’t want to be known as “the girl with epilepsy.” I felt like a freak and an outsider. I thought I had done the perfect job of concealing my condition from my peers. For ten years I was able to hide my diagnosis from them. The truth was I had to come to terms with being an epileptic. My biggest fear was now that I would be shunned by others because of my condition. I didn’t even accept who I was how would other people feel about me? But by the time I turned seventeen everything changed for the better. After years of hiding something that seemed so big to me my friends reassured me it was no big deal. As crazy as it sounds, it seemed like having that grand mal seizure at school helped me understand; I do have epilepsy. I wasn’t looked at in a different way, if anything people wanted to help me. Throughout the years this has really morphed my personality into a determined go-getter, with a light-hearted personality. Something that’s a bump in the road is not going to interfere with what I want to do with my life. I’m determined to be successful as I continue my journey of lifelong learning and personal growth.

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    • Really like your statement Emily. I have a close friend with epilepsy and understand the trials and tribulations that come with it. I’m glad that you are able to even surpass that and still are determined to achieve your goals no matter what. It’s people like yourself who are resilient and strong that inspire me to keep going no matter what circumstance. Thank you for sharing your story.

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