"Inhale the future, exhale the past."
I have read quite a few articles about the difficulty of depression and the possibility of losing one's identity after becoming diagnosed with epilepsy, and how caregivers can experience quite a roller coaster ride themselves when a loved one is drastically changed after an epilepsy diagnosis, but it's so rare that we focus on the positives that might rise to the surface from the very impact of epilepsy. We ought to I think. We really ought to. There's so much benefit that can be extracted from it.
In 2008, I encountered a grand mal seizure behind the wheel of my car on my way to the store to buy Christmas and birthday presents for my husband and family. I would later be diagnosed with epilepsy. That was almost seven years ago now. I thought my life was shattered and broken when doctors had first told us the news. Looking ahead toward the future looked so bleak in the beginning. Now, looking ahead toward the future looks ever promising every moment. It feels like so long ago that I had felt any of those feelings.
Opening the door to God, putting things into perspective, allowing enough time to pass, and the pain to heal the hurting you feel it truly does help so much.
5 Reasons I Love My Life Even More Because Of My Epilepsy
- I Am Alive -- I could have died the morning of Dec. 11, 2008. God decided I had more to do here with my family and friends and for the world. Though living with epilepsy was and is challenging, I continue to fight back with all my strength even when there are days when I feel like throwing in the towel. I know there is a cure out there for us all. I thank God every day for saving my life.
Epilepsy is a challenging neurological condition for anyone who is living with it. It is difficult and a cure has yet to be found. It's frustrating for those living with the condition and for the caregivers too. However, those who refuse to quit, who refuse to give up the fight, who keep seeking out answers, keep hope alive. Never ever give up. No matter what. We are all in this fight together.