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deeleeinep
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   Posted 3/11/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
My name is missy
Is anyone dealing with epilepsy who is a teenager if so it would be great to hear from them i dont really have people who know what itis like so I am 17 and am having more problem not being able to drive or just be a regular teenager Ive had epilepsy since 13 my sister also has it but different type and hers is not as complicated as mine I have three types Petit Absance and Granmal and have had a couple Partials

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/11/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there Missy,

My name is Darren and I have had epilepsy for around 8 years now. (Im know 22 years old isnt strictly a teenager, but I was first diagnosed at age 15 so I can appreciate what you are going through.) I completely understand what it is likenot being able to drive as I had my licence removed in December following an accident.

Feel free to email me any time if you want to. I promise I dont bite!

Best Wishes

Darren 


deeleeinep
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   Posted 3/11/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx for replying so quick its cool thay you are a little older It does suck I never even got the priviledge of driving cause my epilepsy was so uncontrolable and what really sucks is that my sister has it too and she is 21 but because hers is controlable sshe gets to drive  and now my little sister gets to drive this summer I cant go to certain places like dance or concerts cause the noise levels cause them and the flashing lights

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 3/11/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya,
 
I understand that it is difficult not being able to do things sometimes. When I used to drive, I had the freedom of going between University and my home in Portsmouth (~300 Miles). When I had to give up my licence, I suddenly had to use coaches (Which have a changeover as there is no direct route).
 
It is unfortunate that noise and flashing lights are a trigger for you because it means that you cant go to clubs and concerts. However, it doesnt mean that this is the end of the world. As one door closes, another one opens. There are literally 100's of things to do out there that you would be able to do with your friends.
 
As for your driving licence, I know its hard at the moment but your time will come. If you can get a good neurologist and get control over your epilpsy, you will be on the road in no time! You will be joining your sisters before you know it! It is difficult waiting. I am waiting to get mine back at the moment, but I know I have another 9 months before that can happen. The less you think about it and occupy your mind with other things (For example: I am a student so I spend a lot of time studying), you will be amazed how quickly time flies by!
 
I have made my email address accessable now (I didnt realise it wasnt before!) if you want to email me.
 
Good Luck
 
Darren
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