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My name is Michael I live in Long Island, New York and I have had epilepsy ever since I was 13 years old. I had movements prior to me having a seizure in school, but no one believed me. I also have hydrocephalus. That is a condition in which there is too much water built up in the brain. My doctor believes that is the reason why I have epilepsy. Nevertheless, I have had around 4 ‘s words’ (seizures) throughout the whole time I have had it.
I am 20 years old now and take medications; that has kept it under control. Now, notice how I wrote ‘s word,’ I find it hard to even say. The word makes me feel bad every time I hear it. I would rather people just say I had a brain storm. I still live with epilepsy and I do get depressed at times. Sometimes I get tired easily and I have a bit of a learning problem due to my epilepsy. All through high school, I did feel like I was labeled as the kid with epilepsy. It’s hard to find people who support me. No one that I know of really has epilepsy. That is why I posted this blog, in order to get support and maybe help others. I hope others can read this and we can continue to help and raise awareness of epilepsy.
If you are feeling alone, here are a few more articles that might help:
- Life with epilepsy in high school
- Coping with depression, could it be a side effect?
- 4 great reasons to exercise
- Tips for dealing with an epilepsy diagnosis
If you were just diagnosed with epilepsy:
- We’ve got articles on getting used to your new normal
- Are you worried about how epilepsy is going to affect your family, your loved ones or just generally complicate your dating scene? We have lots of stories that might help.
- If you are stressed about dealing with epilepsy at work, don’t worry we’ve got you covered
- Feeling like you are alone? Guess what, we have some pretty honest posts to show you are not the only one dealing with seizures and side effects.
- Do you have an EEG coming up and you are not sure what to expect? This one is great for kids or anyone who has never had an EEG!
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Oh, please don’t feel alone. You know the statistics: 1 in 100 people have epilepsy , and 1 in 26 will encounter it at some point during their lives. Many of these people have been able to control their seizures via meds or other methods and, thus, they may be invisible to you. However, the more open you are about yours, the more you’ll find that they slowly emerge and can become a part of your life if you wish.
Easier, though, is to go to a support group sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation’s New York Affiliate. I don’t know if there’s one specifically dedicated to Long Island, but the New York chapter is especially strong. In my case, I do volunteer work with Epilepsy Foundation New England, and its support, including social, is amazing. There are a good number of Facebook groups, but I’ve find a particularly supportive community on http://www.myepilepsyteam.com.
Good luck to you. I just know you’ll find your people.
Hi Michael! My name is Malory Williams, and I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 21 years old. I was finishing up my senior year of college, applying to law schools, and competing in Miss Mississippi USA. I felt that I had no control over myself and that discouraged me from working harder to accomplish my dreams. I suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. I too isolated myself from others, which did not help. I am working on a book for those who suffer like you and me. I want to inspire others to follow their dreams, despite their disability.