Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Epilepsy Awareness-My Story and a Linkup
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Epilepsy Awareness-My Story and a Linkup

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Dress:  Gucci

Hey everyone!  So if you’ve been following the blog this week you may have noticed I have my Epilepsy Awareness Series that I do every November since it’s Epilepsy Awareness month.  The reason why I do this every year is because I have epilepsy.  I was diagnosed back in 2005.  My last summer before college was spent in and out of hospitals, numerous doctor and neurologist visits, 48 hour monitoring, and seizures.  I was not allowed to go away to college because the doctor feared of what could happen with me being far away from home and just starting medication to see if it would help.

That summer I experienced more than one seizure.  I gave myself lots of bruises, my tongue was probably sore all summer with how many times I bit it, and I gave myself a black eye by falling into my bed post before falling to the ground.  I have scars that remind me of what I went through in all of this time that I’ve been an epileptic.  Throughout the years my epilepsy has been pretty much controlled with a few hiccups here and there which were the deciding factors to my neurologist that I will be on medication for the rest of my life.  I hope that technology advances enough to find a cure in my lifetime, however the brain is a mystery.

Anyway, it’s been 11 years since my diagnosis.  A lot has changed.  In the beginning I thought my life was over because I couldn’t go away to school (I actually almost didn’t start my first semester but I told my parents I wanted to be as normal as I could), I couldn’t drive, I couldn’t take a shower without someone standing outside the door, I couldn’t feel like a normal person.  There are days today where I still don’t feel normal, but I think to myself I’m as normal as I could possibly be given the circumstances.  Nowadays I’d rather spread awareness and tell people my story rather than keep it to myself and be ashamed of it.  I feel like nowadays everyone has something wrong with their health.

To my fellow epileptics reading this “Seize the day.”

Don’t forget about the link up below, top 3 from last week, and the giveaway which I will leave info about that as well.

**ATTENTION:  GIVEAWAY**

Hey everyone, make sure to click this link here and then go back to this blog post here and comment what you learned along with your email.  That is your entry for the giveaway!

Here are your top 3 from last week's linkup!







Jersey Girl, Texan Heart Link Up




   
   
 


   

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21 comments

  1. The purple dresses are beauty,happy every day!!!

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  2. Monica, thanks so much for sharing your story. You are a resilient and strong woman and you are doing wonderful things. Good for you for spreading awareness and never be ashamed of who you are! #girlonamission

    What an honor for me this morning to see myself featured as a most clicked from last week. Thanks so much for that. I needed it this morning!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  3. You're such a strong woman! I love seeing women share their stories and try to live as much of a normal life as possible despite battling an illness(es) and/ or disease(s), etc. It just shows how strong and determined you are.

    http://dogmomchic.blogspot.com/

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  4. YOU beautiful strong babe in purple!!! Your story is inspiring and you are beautiful!!

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  5. Thanks for hosting the linkup and sharing your story! I know that is not always an easy thing to do.
    Jonathan
    The Hosiery Spot

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  6. How brave of you to share your story and drive awareness! Thanks for the feature!

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  7. I have a student with epilepsy this year. Thanks so much for sharing your story, Dear. And can I say you picked three of the FAV ladies to feature this week?! Great taste! :D

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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  8. Awww thanks for sharing your story!

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    Happy Wednesday!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  9. Good for you for persevering!!
    The body is an amazing machine, and when it doesn't work perfectly it can be so frustrating and debilitating. I'm glad you continued with school and are managing so well!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  10. Wow Monica, Thank you for sharing your story and raising awareness for epilepsy. I am glad you have been able to mostly control it, I am sure it can be very scary. On a lighter note, you look beautiful, Loving your hair!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you for sharing your story doll, I bet it wasn't easy. Thank you for opening up, I had no idea. And you have been rocking purple all month. Today's outfit is my favorite. Such a chic dress and I loved the nail art. You are normal and beautiful and flawed like all of us!

    BTW, on last week's Thursday Moda I did a very special feature on yours truly. I don't think you saw it. As usual welcome by every Wed night after 6.00 PM to linkup with me, Monica. Thanks a lot!

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  12. Wow . . . I do not know what to say but I do hope good for you.

    Life is just Rosie
    Instagram

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  13. I had no idea, I can't even imagine how difficult this has been for you. Love your dress. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  14. It is so great that you are able to share your story and bring attention to epilepsy.

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  15. It's so great to share your story and spread awareness. Hopefully, one day, a cure will be found!

    Mary
    www.marymurnane.com

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  16. I had a classmate in my last year of pre-university, David, who too was epileptic. However, he'd never shared his condition with us before so when he had an episode, we were all caught off guard. Fortunately, my then boyfriend slid his thumb between David's teeth while I dashed for a metal ruler. It's a very scary thing to witness, I admit, and I too hope medicine will progress to such a stage that there will be options available for those who are epileptic. Many hugs, and thank you for sharing this.

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  17. I'm sorry to hear that you have Epilepsy. My partner has a similar condition. It's good that your raising awareness here on the blog x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  18. I think this is great that you are bringing awareness to this subject. I am so glad you have been able to get the help you need.
    I love the waves in your hair and purple is definitely your color!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  19. First of all, that purple is GORGEOUS on you! Also, thank you so much for sharing your story - I am sorry you went through such a hard time when you were first diagnosed - you send such a powerful message to not let things hold you back from living life! Thanks for hosting :)

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

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  20. Thanks for sharing your journey and your story. I have a niece that is epileptic and I have seen her go thru some of the things you mentioned. Love your dress and thanks for the link up!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  21. Thank you for sharing your story. I have to admit that I didn't know much about how epilepsy affects everyday activities that most people take for granted. I would find not being able to drive very difficult to deal with xxx

    Emma
    www.style-splash.com

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