I have been living with Epilepsy for twenty-five years, but I was never woken up to the fact until I turned thirty-two years old and even then it was a challenge. I’ll come back to that later, but first a little background into who I am and how this all started.
I was born July 23, 1980, one of two twin boys. My brother born healthy, and I born with Hydrocephalus and Cerebral Palsy. Around the time I was ten years old, I began to develop epilepsy. I can remember my first seizure like it were yesterday. I woke up, sheets soaked, shaking uncontrollably. My parents rushed me to the hospital where they hooked me up to monitors. They were then given the news that I had Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.
Throughout the years, I would be put on twenty-eight different medications. All of which had terrible side effects, and that made me feel ” less than normal ” which is something that I thought growing up with CP, I was less than normal anyway.
As years passed, I would only let my thoughts get the best of me. Anger turned into hate, and fear turned into worry — all of which, making myself and my situation much worse.
Twenty-two years later, after numerous attempts to try and end my life, feeling like a failure at the work that I love to do, and just plain mental exhaustion from life. Everything came to a head. In Sept of 2012, I had a series of seizures that caused me to go unconscious.
I had no idea if I would wake up from them, but thankfully I did. After weeks of testing and recovery at the hospital, I was told that I was a candidate for surgery.
During my recovery at home, I began to read everything I could on happiness and gratitude and post inspiring messages on my Facebook page. After months of doing this, I realized how great it made me feel,
In February of 2013, I had my brain surgeries, after the operations I found out that my surgeries may not work. That the activity may spread to other areas of my brain, there was a silver lining, however. My left hand had more movement than it ever had before. I was extremely grateful for this! I noticed that I also had more clarity and focus. All awesome things!
As the months, and now years passed, I have noticed some changes in my seizure activity. The way I handle them is entirely different though, I don’t let them get to my head, and with the meditation, and mindset techniques that I use have all allowed me to live a “normal” life.
I wake up happy, and grateful for everything. Moreover, I have never been so in love with life as I am now.
It is my mission now to help those with Epilepsy and other neurological disorders like mine live abundant, happy lives and thrive.
You can learn more about me on my Facebook page Keep on Keeping on.
Thank you, and keep on keeping on!