Epilepsy is a frightening condition. For those of you who don’t know what epilepsy is, let me start by saying what it is not. It is not a “disease” – you can’t catch epilepsy from someone else. Epilepsy is a condition that causes people to have seizures. Epilepsy also does not necessarily make people retarded. As a matter of fact, many people who have epilepsy are very high-functioning. In her article “Epilepsy is Just a Condition and Not a Disease,” indiannetizen names ten famous or historic figures who have or had epilepsy. In this article, I will talk about my history with this condition, and how it has affected my life.
My History with Epilepsy
To my knowledge, I have had epilepsy since I was 5 years old. At least that’s when I was told my seizures started. I have had seizures several times in my life, but the earliest I have any real memory of my seizures is when I was 14 and had one while we were on vacation visiting friends. The next seizure I had was when I was in my 20s. I was working at a school as a teacher at that time, and I was on my way to my classroom to do some decorating. I must have been unconscious, because the next thing I remember is being lifted on the gurney and taken to the hospital. I had lost control of my bladder function and had to wait a few hours for my boyfriend (now my husband) to bring me a dry change of clothes. After that, I didn’t start having seizures again until a few years later. Since then, my seizures have become more frequent, but most have been partial seizures, which only affect one part of the body, rather than the tonic-clonic type, cause the entire body to go into convulsions. In the past few years, I’ve been on several different medications – Dilantin, Tegretol, Clonazepam, and currently I’m on Trileptal and leviteracitam, the generic form of Keppra.
How Epilepsy has Affected My Life
Because my seizures have become more frequent and unpredictable in the past few years, I have not been able to hold a driver’s license, nor have I had a job outside the home for the past 7 years. I’ve been lucky, however, to find several well-paying work from home opportunities that have allowed me to at least contribute to the income my husband brings in. I’m also lucky to have a husband who is great about the fact that he has to do all the driving when we go places. In addition he also does all the grocery shopping.
That’s a little bit on my history with epilepsy and how it has affected my life in the past few years. In future articles I will discuss what you need to do to avoid or lessen the chances of getting hurt when you have a seizure, as well as different websites that people with epilepsy can take advantage of.