Effects of Epilepsy
I was diagnosed with epilepsy 19 years ago and as anyone who has been around an epileptic will tell you, it takes over your entire life. Epilepsy is not just an issue when a seizure happens; I can't drive, go out when I want, I have to wait for a family member to come over and take care of me after a seizure, and I often can’t remember what I am saying.
This last September, I was fired from my job because my employer said I no longer communicate well. I was traumatized for my whole experience as I thought I hid my condition well. One week later, my neurologist sent me to get a neuropsychology test. The test showed that all the seizures caused permanent brain damage and I would never function the way I used to.
How the Foundation saved my life
During this time, the Epilepsy Foundation Houston started an art therapy program to help people affected by epilepsy express themselves. I was so depressed at this time that going to the art therapy class was the only time I would leave the house. It was great to be around people who were experiencing the same issues and we supported each other. Within 4 weeks of going to the class, I felt like I could function again. I started understanding how I wanted to live and make myself whole again.
The Epilepsy Foundation Houston understands that alternative methods for stress management and helping people have quality of life is important.
How you can help
On April 13, 2013, the foundation will hold a Stroll for Epilepsy event and so far I have raised $645 from friends. I want to hit my target and need another $355 to do so. I owe it to the foundation for helping me get back and face life. I hope you will help me reach my goal!