Working with people who have Epilepsy during the summers at the Epilepsy Foundation in Houston, Texas over the past 6 or 7 years has taught me that as a whole, people who have Epilepsy are very creative, understanding, caring and smart. They are tolerant of those who don’t really understand Epilepsy, even though they may not always be treated with the respect that they deserve. It has been a blessing to see the individuals who decided to participate in Studio E, Art Therapy, come together and share their experiences in the group. The support they give and receive is amazing. “Yes, that happened to me too…. and… “I thought I was the only one who felt that way.” Epilepsy has taught me that they (as a whole) are very resilient. They can beat the odds that sometimes seem stacked against them.

I think that it is important that people know that people who have Epilepsy are people just like everyone else. They have feelings, and emotions and bleed the same as everybody else. They are fighters and usually will speak up for what they believe to be right. Frequently, they may choose to support the “Underdogs” as they may identify with this position. Most people with Epilepsy have a strong sense of right vs. wrong and often times, they will tell you so.

Sheryl Corbit Ed.D., ATR-BC, LPC-S, LPC-AT