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Talking to Your Neurologist

I’ve left it up to my mom to really pay attention during my neurologist visits up until a couple of years ago. For over a decade I took no responsibility for my epilepsy in this way. And likely as a result of this behavior, there...

Being a Teen with Epilepsy

At no other time have I felt more isolated from my peers than when I was in high school and in the early years of college. Two of the most prominent reasons for this were the fact that I did not drink (this was a...

Purposeful Isolation

I spend a lot of time in my own head. This is not good. It leads me to overthink things to such an extent that I can become paralyzed and as a result unable to fix a problem or make a decision, or whatever is...

Inspiration: A Mark Linder Story

When I was in middle school, I learned that my cousin Mark was coming for a while to live with us. I knew he was arriving because he needed treatment, but being twelve I did not know much else. I just remember being excited that...

How Anxiety Relates to Epilepsy

 “Let me realize that my past failures at follow-through are no indication of my future performance. They are just healthy little fires that are going to warm up my ass.” ZeFrank (YouTube) I believe it is important to define terms, especially when discussing things that are...

Anxiety and Epilepsy: How Many Seizures Will I Have?

In talking about depression and epilepsy, I mentioned the cyclical nature of seizures and stress that can lead to depression. Having a seizure can cause stress, which can trigger another seizure, which causes more stress. I want to talk about another long-term effect of that...

How Depression and Epilepsy are Related

Depression is only second to epilepsy in difficulty explaining it to others. This is because depression is as complicated as epilepsy on a more emotional level, and also if you haven’t gone through depression, it is very hard to relate to my experience. It may be...

How Journaling Helps

The earliest journal I have is from 1998 on a summer trip to Greece. The most consistent thing I wrote about? What I ate. I could list every single meal on every day of that trip with more certainty than what I bought or what...

Epilepsy: Why Your Health Matters More Than Ever – Part 3: Causes, Interesting Results...

There are few times that my brother has ever made me cry outside of childish younger sister moments like beating me at Monopoly. But one of the most recent examples was after I got out of the hospital when he told me, “I didn’t know...

Epilepsy: Why Your Health Matters More than Ever- Part 2: Recovery (and Waiting)

Coming home from the hospital on November 8th was exciting and a little surreal. I have a video my mom took a couple of days after that time and it is clear that I am in recovery. My movements are very slow, almost as if...

Epilepsy: Why Your Health Matters More than Ever – Part 1: My Most Important...

On November 3, 2016, my life changed forever. That day is more meaningful to me than the day I was diagnosed with epilepsy, even more than my first seizure. The seizure I had that day and the events that followed have completely redefined who I...

A Full Course

So, imagine you’re out to dinner. You’ve been there before and everything was good. But this time, your dinner was awful. The service was Olympic record-breaking slow. The waiter was rude. The restaurant was dirty. But then, management comes to your table, apologizes for everything...