Being a person around the same age, well, i'm 19, as your niece, I understand what she's going through. She needs to understand that drinking and smoking aren't the only ways to have fun- if she wants to be healthy, then that should come first. I've never drank, partly because of my epilepsy because i don't want to know what would happen and partly because i like having fun without the use of other stimulants. As for the pot- my brother who is actually going to graduate school to become a psychology was doing some research on pot and it's affects on epilepsy. i'm not sure what he found out yet, but i can let you know! All i know is that your niece should be more worried about staying healthy then trying to be cool because it's not very cool when you have a seizure in front of an entire chemistry lab class- let me tell you! well, hope that helps! ~Jessica
"Carry on. It is not easy. But it is what we have to do- only we do not have to do it alone."
First seizure: 1993
Officially diagnosed: 1999
Type: Simple Partial to Secondary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures
Cause: Unkown, all tests are negative for abnormalities...
Meds: 750mg Keppra 2xday