November Is Epilepsy Awareness Month
Now that we have entered the month of November, many of us will be looking forward to the next major holiday, which is Thanksgiving. A day to give thanks for what we have, and what we are grateful for. It is also a month that resonates with me in a major way. It will be 25 years this Nov 13th that I almost lost my life in a car accident due to an epileptic seizure.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month.
I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in my freshman year of high school. It is a condition that is inherited. My father and grandfather had it. I had a seizure while at home and was rushed to the hospital. Lucky for me, I was not hurt, felt nothing, and after I came to in the ambulance, they told me what had happened. After my blood work came back, my diagnosis was confirmed.
This disability can be controlled by medication. But I learned that lesson the hard way. If you do not take it regularly, additional seizures can happen. Grand maul seizures. And that it what happened to me, behind the wheel of my car. I had a complete black out, crashed my car, and came to in the hospital pumped full of morphine, with two broken legs and various bruises and cuts. 4 days in the hospital, and 2 surgeries later, I got to go home. I was bed-ridden for a few months. Lucky for me, I heal quickly and after 3 1/2 months (about 2 months ahead of schedule) I was walking again.
25 years later, I have not had another seizure, and the medicine I take allows me to live a normal life. Not everyone who has this disability is able to do so, and as of now there is no cure. But there are ways you can get involved and educate yourself. Please click HERE for more information.
I am grateful that every November I celebrate an unusual anniversary for me. I am grateful to my surgeon who fixed my legs, my doctors who manage my condition, and the support of my friends, family and co-workers who accept my disability. Take a few minutes to learn about this condition and find out how you can help.