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Lisa’s Story: Childhood Epilepsy with Petit Mal Seizures

Lisa's story
Lisa’s story

Lisa’s experience with petit mal seizures

Lisa’s personal epilepsy story was submitted to Living Well With Epilepsy to remind children and teens with epilepsy they are not alone.

As a child, my seizures were a very pleasant experience, but for the longest time my parents thought I was just daydreaming. I went undiagnosed until I was 8. I was having over 100 petit mal seizures a day, and my grades were so poor that I was put into English as a Second Language (ESL) courses because my teachers didn’t think I knew English.

The medication made me violently ill and I suffered paranoia, delusions and suicidal thoughts. I am now seizure-free, but I wanted to spread this message to children and adults alike: The mind is infinitely complex. The more we can research natural cures, the less likely it will be that children have to take harsh, mind-altering drugs. I wrote a book, Jamais Vu, about my experiences as a teen with epilepsy, available here: http://tinyurl.com/korhg8s

I want to reach children and teens who are going through I went through: You’re not alone, and you’re not “crazy.” You’re going to make it through.

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