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Epilepsy Blog Relay: Jewel takes on the realities of living with epilepsy

This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™, which will run from November 1 to November 30, 2018.  Follow along!

Jewel’s Story

Jewel writes the blog, Live out Loud, a lifestyle resource for the modern woman and mom. The space Jewel has created is committed to building a community which inspires individuals to live healthier lives while increasing awareness of epilepsy around the world.

She writes, “In 2008, my life drastically changed. I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Over the past several years, I have endured several series of  EEG’s, EKG’s and MRI’s in an attempt to classify the types of non-epileptic and epileptic seizures I was experiencing. Like many people diagnosed later in life I had little knowledge of what Epilepsy was and an even more limited knowledge about what life would be like living with it.”

Related article: Newly diagnosed with epilepsy

Excerpt from Be Gentle With Yourself

I didn’t realize right away that I wasn’t ok last week. Usually, I’m pretty good at recognizing when I need to rest and unplug. Unfortunately, this time it took my family and friends saying, “you don’t look so good” or asking, “are you sure you’re ok?” for me to evaluate how I was really feeling. Wasn’t sure if I had a seizure [I have seizures in my sleep at times] or if I just wasn’t feeling well.With so much on my mind, it was difficult to identify when I needed a break. I’ve been so focused on pushing through and past what my body could do. I’ve always felt it made me appear strong. But even the strong need to rest!!!

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