I have been suffering from epilepsy since I was 13. Grand Mal Epilepsy, to be exact. Over the years, I’ve gotten used to it — although I will never forget that Madness concert I missed because of it. (I wound up in a police cell instead of in my seat, due to some London Police officers who mistook my seizure for something else!) Most of the time, though, I don’t give much thought to my epilepsy.
But every now and then, it pops back into the picture. Like last week…
I had yet another seizure, and while you might think that would’ve ruined my weekend, it actually helped put everything into perspective. I’ve been talking so much about my Hovis list, and yet, here was another example of why I need to live life to the fullest EVERY DAY!
Yes, I’ll have to head to my doctor and get a few blood tests done, but this seizure isn’t going to dampen my spirits. I know just how serious Grand Mal Epilepsy can be, and I know how lucky I’ve been to emerge unscathed from every seizure (except maybe for a few black eyes here and there!).
It’s not going to define me, though.
Sure, I may not be able to jump out of an airplane because of my seizures, but there are still lots of things I CAN do and lots of things I WANT to do. There may be some people who don’t know how to deal with it, but I’ve got friends and family who have stood by me every step of the way. In fact, my loved ones and I have even been able to laugh over some of the episodes. I’m living proof that laughter really IS the best medicine!
So, no matter what YOUR hurdles are, don’t let them stop you from achieving everything you want. I know I won’t!