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Epilepsy Blog Relay: Amanda Roper’s Battle With Epilepsy

March 6

This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™ which will run from March 1 to March 31, 2018. Follow along!

My name is Amanda Roper! I’m here to share with you about my battle with epilepsy! I was born 6 weeks premature, and the doctors thought the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck. I had hydrocephalus, and bleeding on my brain, which resulted in me having a hydrocephellic shunt placed when I was a baby.

When I was in grade school at about age 6, or 7, I had my first grand-mal seizure, and my mom, and grandma had to rush me to the hospital. Since then, I’ve been on several different medications, but I still have petit-mal seizures!

At age 12, I had a petit-mal seizure in front of my psychiatrist and my mom. My psychiatrist convinced my pediatrician to take me off all of my medications, and told her that they were just migraines. Though I did get migraines after the seizure ended, I knew that they were seizures the whole time!

I went from age 12, to age 19 having petit-mal seizures until one night at a restaurant with my family, I had a grand-mal seizure, that lasted for about 45 minutes. I had to be taken to the hospital via ambulance.

I’ve been on many different medications since then. I’m now 40 years old! Just this past March, I had surgery for a Vagal Nerve Stimulator Placement to try to reduce my seizures!

I hate having epilepsy! But, I’m grateful to be alive today!


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