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Elizabeth’s Story (Epilepsy)

Purple RibbonHi,

I don’t really think my life is a story to tell because there are a lot of people who have it worse then me but I’ll tell mine just in case it can help someone else out.

Back in 1994 (I was eight) my parents, three sisters, and I were just about to hop into the van and head to PA to visit family. All of a sudden while holding the van like I was about to jump out. I was staring at my dad and then next thing I remember is my dad holding me calling my name. I was having a seizure for the first time. I was rushed to the hospital where I died for two minutes and thankfully God brought me back, it wasn’t my time yet.

Sometime later in November  of 1994 I had a brain tumor removed from the left lobe of my brain. I was diagnosed with epilepsy. That first seizure is how they found the tumor. My childhood is a blank, there are times things come to mind, but I don’t remember my childhood as much as I wish I could.

Getting through school was definitely the hardest since having a learning disability, but I owe a big thanks to my stepmother for getting me into classes for children with disability, even though I couldn’t go to college because of the diploma. I had my dreams of being a teacher which was definitely a let down. So I worked in many places but keeping a job is so hard when you get headaches, migraines, and seizures to the point your calling off all the time.

So it has been hard, but having my family support really got me though. Now my boyfriend of eight years keeps telling me to fight for what I want. I started taking classes last year on becoming a teachers aide, it’s not exactly what I wanted but it’s closer than nothing. Of course its been hard but I started volunteer at the library two years ago and just last month they made me volunteer coordinator. It’s amazing the things that can happen when your not expecting it.

I also had a VNS implanted back in 2012 and it has helped lessen my seizures a lot. It is amazing the things people come up with these days.

I am now 29 years old (2014) and living life to the best I can, there are things I wish I didn’t have to deal with on a daily, weekly, monthly, even yearly basis but it has made me a strong women and all my challenges have made me a better person.

Elizabeth
United States
Submitted 07/18/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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One comment

  1. Hey Elizabeth!

    You have a great story to tell. It will help many!

    Wishing you the very best…Ann Marie
    Coordinator, Purple Day

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