I am very lucky I got epilepsy as child and my father and my childhood nuero ,who saw as a favor to his ex nurse never let me feel sorry for myself or live in fear of the next sz. Even when I lost control of my szs, on my good days I went out and lived and enjoyed the moment. I let nothing stop me.
I have had szs on the NYC train at rush hour and the next day my dad told I had to go back on that train, or I would live in fear . 18 yrs later ( I am now living in Mtl ,Canada) I had a grand mal in the shower after swimming and I was a mess, the lifeguards took me home and said I could come back. The next day I came back because of my black eye I couldn't do laps, but I used the kicked board. Everyone understood I had to get right back in the pool, or fear would overtake me.
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 11 yrs old I was taught epilepsy was not excuse . It was the toughest,best gift a Dr can give you. My dad reinforced it,had my mother had her way she would have babied me. But she was afarid of the Dr. So I lived and I travelled and I had set backs but I picked myself and restarted.
When I returned to NYC and saw the top epileptoligists I was saddened because I knew they didn't have it them to teach their patients what my childhood Dr taught me for all their expertise they were losers. I would never want them near someone who just got diagnosed because they didn't have that gift of empowereing their patients.
I was a true challenge to them. Empower yourself and enjoy the moment, let go of the fear, you only have today, tomorrow will take care of itself. No one can give you back lost time. So cherish the good days by enjoying the moment by doing something you like to do. Don't let fear overcome you!! You are not epilepsy.
You are a person who has epilepsy. Attitude is everything!!!!!