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Epilepsy and You
By Stacey Chillemi
Posted: Monday, July 26, 2004
Last edited: Friday, November 19, 2004
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Epilepsy We Can Beat This Together


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Undergoing a seizure may stop you from being able to perform certain tasks because of the risk of a convulsion which could put that person suffering from the attack in a dangerous position.

It may cause to be unable to handle certain responsibilities and can even prevent you from participating in some social functions.

The psychological after effect of seizures can make an individual with epilepsy feel they will be restricted from accomplishing the goals they strive for in life -- even small goals like driving a car, diving off a diving board, swimming by yourself or even being able to baby-sit a friend's child.

Some people may feel that these goals are not that important, but the people who have the disorder know that they are very important.One goal that I had was to drive a car. I was able to drive for a couple of years.

Once I began to start frequently having seizures my neurologist asked me to stop driving. I used to get very frustrated not being able to drive a car. I am the type of person who likes to depend on myself and not have to rely on others to help me take care of my responsibilities.

 I felt frustrated and embarrassed to ask other people to drive me to my destinations. It did not matter that they were my family and friends. I felt people were feeling sorry for me and felt some type of obligation to have to drive me to the places I needed to go.

I became depressed for a while and I began feeling sorry for myself, until I stopped and said, "enough is enough."Surprisingly, I was not the only person who was feeling this way.

While researching this book, I found that so many people that have this disorder feel so alone. Many people who have written to me have given up their goals and expectations in life. Their attitude about life is very negative. Many people have given up because they feel they have too many limitations and restraints. Countless individuals who suffer from epilepsy think that they can never accomplish their goals and dreams in life, but I am here to tell you that this is not true .The trick is to learn how to deal with the hopelessness that your experiencing.

I strongly believe the first step is to fully accept that you are epileptic. I taught myself to accept that fact and I have learned how to live with the disorder in the most positive way possible. In this book, I talk about how I taught myself to accept me for who I am.

Another important factor is to understand that you are not battling this disorder by yourself. You need to realize that other individuals can relate to you and can empathize with the pain that you are feeling. We all need to be reassured at one point that there are people who understand where we are coming from.

 These people are willing to reach out and give you their support. You need to recognize that these people are not going to give you their help unless you ask for it.It is important that you learn how to live with epilepsy and endure it. Otherwise, you could end up destroying yourself your relationships with people, your friendships, and your family in the end.

 Everything you do and say affects the people around you.Eventually if we do not learn how to deal with all these issues, we could end up really destroying ourselves emotionally, physically and spiritually. This does not have to happen if you do not let it.

 One way to prevent this from happening is to develop a lifestyle that is suitable for your own needs. You need to make sure that it is a lifestyle that is going to make you happy over time. You need to be your own designer, creating pathways to a fulfilling future. There is a whole world in front of you. This world has millions of opportunities just waiting for you to encounter. It does not matter what age you are. You can achieve anything you put your mind too.

 For instance, I graduated college with a degree in business and marketing. I have worked in computers and sales for the past three and a half years. I wrote this book and several newspaper articles on the topic of epilepsy. I am happily married with my first baby on the way. My seizures have been well controlled through medicine, exercise and healthy eating habits.

I refuse to let epilepsy stop me from getting to the destination I plan on going. The letters in this book share some emotional triumphs of some experiences individuals with epilepsy have endured. They also tell how having epilepsy has affected them physically.

Many people who have written to me have shared the methods they used to defeat epilepsy. So there is hope my friends and no need to give up. You will not lose the battle unless you let yourself loose.

This book gives you the materials you need to gain encouragement and strength to overcome having epilepsy and being able to live life to its fullest. In this book, I want to be able to focus on certain topics related to epilepsy that no one has often discussed. One of my main goals in this book is to help others recognize that life has much to offer.

 Life does not have to cease just because you have epilepsy. As I mentioned earlier, In this book we will be discussing what people go through emotionally when they have epilepsy. We will be going over different ways to help yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually.

The techniques in this book will help you build the inner power to do anything or become anything you want in life. My approaches for dealing with epilepsy will enable you to reform a better direction in your everyday life of living and dealing with your disorder.

Most important, this book shows you that you are not alone. There are people here that understand what your going through and support you.

This program will help you build confidence in yourself Once you establish self-assurance, you will start to see your inner strength boost. When one quality improves, all your other attributes will enhance also.

My book will give you the tools to learn how to incorporate epilepsy into your life so you can live with the disorder on a positive note. You can make life anything you want if you have positive goals to focus on and if you have a good understanding of how to approach them.


coptright 2001

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Reviewed by S H (Reader)
Hi! Oddly I found this and I wasn't looking for it. I must have an angel. I just started having grand mall seizures. I'm the one percent that has allergic reactions to almost all the meds, but we just started me on topamax which seems to be working so far, THANK GOD! I had a seizure while driving, so they took my license, and yes I am going through depression. It's hell. It's like withdrawal from freedom. I would like to read your book. I'm not giving up. I'm just hurting. I think It's great you're helping people like this. Take care.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Interesting write, Stacey; thanks for sharing this informative piece! I wrote one about a girl living with epilepsy, and the situation she faces; check it out! It's in my "Open Your Minds" series stories about people living with disability or disease! Think you may like it! Feel free to comment on it!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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