On March 25, 2009, I had my very first grand mal or tonic-clonic seizure around 8:00 PM at a friend’s house of all places. At 15 years old, the diagnosis of a serious disease like epilepsy completely flipped my world upside down. My family and I began by seeking a solution through modern medicine. When multiple attempts ended in failure we decided to give the holistic route a try instead.
Although I am still living with grand mal/tonic-clonic and partial seizures, I have made progress down the path toward healing thanks to holistic medicine. My story isn’t super exciting, but a life with epilepsy has taught me a variety of lessons. Lessons that I share for the sole purpose of helping others struggling with similar issues.
This blog, the linked Instagram account, and the Epilepsy Insight videos have allowed me to share with the world some tips and tricks I have learned through a trial and error process. I figured, 11 years of making mistakes and then learning how to correct those same mistakes should be helpful for at least one other epileptic. At the very least, I hoped the information shared here on the blog and in the Epilepsy Insight videos would be able to prevent other epileptics from making the same mistakes I made in the past.
Here I am now at 26 years old (almost 27, but shhh…don’t let that get out ;-)) and I only wish to help others struggling even if it is only providing support for others during their own challenging circumstances. The most important lesson I have learned after 11 years with epilepsy is this:
Yes, you will face challenges, but what may seem like a burden is actually a blessing because every success and failure you experience is actually molding and shaping you into exactly who you are meant to be. Embrace the struggle because a wise boy named Christopher Robin once said, “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
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