i was 16 when i was diagnosed (i'm 27)...well not diagnosed...busted! lol i don't know how long exactly i was seizing before i got ratted out. it was at least a year to two.
i was a HEAVY drinker back then and i remained as such. i assumed the seizures were withdrawl, and i obviously wasn't about to tell a parent or guardian that i think i' having seizures because i was dissapearing for months on end and drinking constantly!
i continued to drink regardless of what the doctors said. my liver went into failure (begining stages...lucky for me the liver regenerates) by the time i was 18. i HAD to quit drinking for more than a year- and believe me- i tried to cheat...but liver failure....HURTS. when i stopped drinking, my seizures got "better". it took me till i was 19 to ease off an accept i'm not getting better and drinking is not going to help! lol neither is the passing out!
since then- i've adjusted my lifestyle arround...well me! that includes friends and outtings, times i sleep etc etc. i'm more of a bad influence on my friends than they are on me most days, but being that i was always the tough one pressure never affected me. it's a good thing at your age...you may be frustrated, but you're not going to miss anything by not depriving yourself of sleep or drinking yourself stupid. i promise you. you guys seem to have your heads on straight and that's amazing for your age regarldless of a condition or not. kudos to you all for knowing your limits and sticking to what's best for you.
and btw- a wee after school special like note...lol if "friends" are pushing or annoying you to 'cheat' then they're not worth the time....if they don't care that it'll literally hurt you, than that's not a friend.
i mean- we gotta be real...we'll all cheat now and then- have a drink we shouldn't....stay up just a bit too late now and then...but on the nwhole we all know our limits, and instead of pushing them- we should know to take better care cause we're gonna pay later! as will the friends sans seizures who are burning the candles at both ends and drinking too much- i'm proof positive it ain't pretty!!!