Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Epilepsy Awareness//Health
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Epilepsy Awareness//Health

3:30 AM

For those of you who don’t know epilepsy is a condition that causes one to seizure or have an episode.  Some call this a brain disorder, but that just sends to many negative vibes for my taste.  For today's portion of Health and Fitness on the blog I wanted to talk about the health aspect of Epilepsy and just introduce it a little bit.

"In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness. The epilepsies have many possible causes and there are several types of seizures. Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of neuron activity—from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development—can lead to seizures. Epilepsy may develop because of an abnormality in brain wiring, an imbalance of nerve signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters, changes in important features of brain cells called channels, or some combination of these and other factors. Having a single seizure as the result of a high fever (called febrile seizure) or head injury does not necessarily mean that a person has epilepsy. Only when a person has had two or more seizures is he or she considered to have epilepsy. A measurement of electrical activity in the brain and brain scans such as magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography are common diagnostic tests for epilepsy. 

Once epilepsy is diagnosed, it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. For about 70 percent of those diagnosed with epilepsy, seizures can be controlled with modern medicines and surgical techniques. Some drugs are more effective for specific types of seizures. An individual with seizures, particularly those that are not easily controlled, may want to see a neurologist specifically trained to treat epilepsy. In some children, special diets may help to control seizures when medications are either not effective or cause serious side effects." (Source)

So, now that you have some facts about this condition, what does it actually feel like living with Epilepsy?  Well in my opinion, I try to live as normal of a life as possible.  My only difference from anyone else is I take meds that destroy my liver and my brain likes to have a temper tantrum every once in a while.  Luckily my epilepsy is not as bad as the violent cases and I do not have grand mal seizures.  My seizures don’t last very long, but I have beaten myself up a few times since I’ve been diagnosed.  The worst part is afterwards your body just shuts down and you feel so incredibly tired and weak.  I haven’t had a seizure in quite some time, and I’d like to keep it that way.  I’m not going to lie it’s scary not knowing how you ended up on the floor when you were just taking a shower or the last thing you remember is putting an earring in. 

I was diagnosed in 2005.  Almost 10 years ago I found out that my life would change in that split second.  Just like any other sickness/condition whether terminal or non terminal I hope they find a cure.  Medication helps keep it under control, but at the same time, it doesn’t cure it, and thanks to my medication I have to be on more medications to keep my liver and calcium up to par. 

As of today, I am kicking epilepsy’s butt and not letting it define me.

P.S.  I'm on a business trip with my 9-5 job so if I'm not responding to emails/comments please don't think I'm ignoring you!  I will answer all comments and emails when I am able to.


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