You are stronger than you think
In all my blog post I have always addressed the battles you have with epilepsy, making sure to point out the positives and focusing on them. However I have never directly talked about how it can positively change your life, as I have said previously I wouldn't change how I am. I am proud to be epileptic as its made me who I am today. Therefore I thought in aid of Purple day I shall talk about the incredible epilepsy warriors out there and the importance of the day to spread awareness so people can have a better understanding behind the condition.
Yes, it is hard to have epilepsy. And yes I have experienced many angry and sad emotions with it in the past. However this has made me who I am today. I think if you have epilepsy you have no choice but to be strong. Scary things are being thrown at you, medications seizures and so on. So I think without realising you just become a strong person.
Through meeting people online and in person who have epilepsy the main thing I have noticed also is the determination they hold. Just because we have a condition that can make everything a little bit more tricky doesn't mean we won’t do it. If anything it makes us want to more. A big example of this from my perspective would be learning to driving. And to someone reading this who isn't epileptic they may be slightly confused. When I was seventeen I started to learn to drive just like any other seventeen year old. But a few months after starting to learn I had a seizure. It wasn't just that my license had been taken off me. It was the anger and frustration that epilepsy was winning again, taking something away from me. So my doctor said after a year of being seizure free you can learn again. So through that year I saw all my friends passing their test, but in the back of my mind wishing I had that independence. But what did I do? I managed to fight back being a year seizure free so I was able to learn to drive again. This means more than just being able to drive, it proves to me that I am better and bigger than epilepsy. So if epilepsy is reducing you from doing something this doesn't have to be driving it could be anything you want to do please don't give up keep fighting as I did and it really pays off.
When you're diagnosed with a long term condition it makes you a lot more aware of what is happening in the world. Especially medically, you have an understanding of what other people are going through. Which makes you overall, a caring and understanding person. As you've experienced first hand what its like to go through difficult times.
Another huge one is people having there opinions on your condition. It is hard when people don't understand it or are mean about it. But I don't think it is really their fault as society has brought us up to this stigma of what epilepsy is which is so untrue. Which is why days like purple day are so important to raise awareness spread the word.
I guess what I am trying to say trough this scatty post is epilepsy has such a stigma and it needs to change. Which is why I think purple day is so important to raise awareness and spread the word about what the condition is really about. But also remember the people who have this and just take your time to listen and try and understand what they're going through.
Please take a look at Epilepsy Action and Young Epilepsy websites as they provide incredible, clear information to what epilepsy is and what to do if someone has a seizure. So please just take a moment to read up on the condition so we can fight this stigma and make people understand it.
As well as writing a blog to raise awareness I am also selling handmade cards to raise money for re-search into the condition please take a look at - http://www.everglowdreams.com
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