While I wish epilepsy didn’t affect relationships that I have, it is a part of who I am, and it affects every single relationship I have. But, I am lucky. I am so very lucky. 99.9 percent of the relationships I have are with people who are supportive, compassionate, helpful and encouraging.
Recently, someone asked me to talk to a small group. I wanted to choose a story that is inspiring, something that would relate to these young adults, and something that would stick with them as they started a new journey. I couldn’t help but wonder: is epilepsy my only story? Is this how people identify me…as the girl with epilepsy who ended up doing well in life, despite doctors telling me I may not?
Being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of three means it has always been a significant part of who I am. A lot of people tell you ‘don’t let your condition define who you are’ but you can’t stop it from doing so. The simple fact is, as human beings, the experiences we have alter the way we develop. And I believe epilepsy has, in more ways than one, driven me to be the creative person I am today.
Drake Abramson was thirteen when he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Ever since, he has made it his mission and his passion to bring about substantive change in the world for people with epilepsy. For instance, he created his own nonprofit, ThinkBrave, to fund scholarships for students with health challenges within his community.