Kathleen is chronicling her pregnancy and epilepsy on a blog titled Partially Complex. She has taken a moment to give us a sneak peek into her world.
My name is Kathleen. When I was a toddler, I was diagnosed with complex partial seizures. I recently found out that they were caused by a congenital brain anomaly I have (that sounds way scarier than it actually is). Basically, there is a section of my brain where the synapses never fully developed. When you look at the MRI, it looks like there’s a giant hole in my head.
I’m completely okay with this diagnosis. I am a very lucky woman. I have an amazing husband and family/friend support system, I’m able to drive, I’ve graduated from college and have a job in marketing for a software company. I also haven’t had a seizure in over 20 years thanks to wonderful doctors and monotherapy.
I will need medication for the rest of my life but without it, I absolutely would seize again.
Pregnancy and Epilepsy
My husband and I decided that we wanted to have children. With a diagnosis of epilepsy, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and endometriosis, we knew we had an uphill battle. We worked closely with my Neurologist and OB/GYN to make sure I received the best possible care to conceive and keep myself and our future child safe.
I started a blog, called, “Partially Complex” that documents our journey to having a family and monitoring my epilepsy. It is my hope that this blog will help others realize that having a family and epilepsy is absolutely possible – and that the couples in our situation are not alone.
Please check it out, leave comments/questions and spread it to those you think it would help or be interested.