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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...

Medication – What’s the Point?

If there is one thing people have said to me more than anything else over the years, it is, “If you’re still having seizures, why don’t you change your medications? Or why do you take them at all? You know eating eggs is supposed to...

Things to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Epilepsy

It is life changing to be diagnosed with epilepsy, but it is also life-changing for their families. There are a host of things that may run through their mind immediately, realities that take time to set in as they meet with doctors, try out treatment...

Epilepsy and Financial Independence: Struggling with Work

I remember in middle school exactly what my vision of the future was after college. I was an excellent student at the time. I remember seeing myself working for a large company and I was going to earn enough money that I would never be...

Lying

I’ve mentioned multiple times that open and honest communication with doctors and family members is critically important to getting the care you need when you have epilepsy. I believe it is important to disclose to your doctor the number of seizures you have had, how...

Denial

My mom said something to me in a text the other day about my history with epilepsy. “I think you were so determined to ignore [your diagnosis] that you wouldn’t remember anything when we went to the doctor.” I talk about a lot of ways...