It also made having friends harder since at the time I would be different and only be seen as “the girl with seizures”.

January 16, 2024

I first started having seizures when I was seven years old. Despite the fact, I was a very go-lucky and carefree kid without a care in the world. As a kid, I never thought of myself as different from being epileptic especially having gone to summer days camp run by epilepsy south-central Ontario where I interacted with kids who also had epilepsy.

When I started high school I was completely different from my younger self. I did begin to see myself as separate from everyone else since I was “limited” in what I could do like being on the sidelines sometimes in gym class or learning how to drive. During high school, my seizures were constantly changing It got to the point where I was so down on myself and the state of my epilepsy I was officially diagnosed with depression.

During that time it was very difficult for me I was stressed and frustrated, I have also been known to be very academic and not going to school because my seizures were so bad that I was “bedridden”. It was hard because I had wanted to go to college and get a good education in something I loved. It also made having friends harder since at the time I would be different and only be seen as “the girl with seizures”.

Fast forward to grade twelve, it was my last year of high school and it was time to apply to colleges and universities persuaded by my family and friends I did apply to some colleges with low expectations. Spring rolls around and acceptance letters are being sent out, I braced myself for not getting into any schools that I applied to instead I got a letter from humber college and was very surprised to see “congratulations!” in the first sentence I was shocked, to say the least, and by high school graduation, I had managed to graduate with honours.

Three years later I am proud to say I’ve turned my life around I graduated from Humber College with a diploma in media communications. and after years of uncertainty, I’ve been officially diagnosed with multi-focal epilepsy and I’m managing it well which also explains the changes I experienced with my epilepsy in high school. My mental health has improved since even if I still have bad days every once in a while.

I may not be the same carefree kid I used to be years ago but I’m the happy adult I hoped to become thanks to the support I get from family and friends and continue to grow and learn during my ongoing adventure and I’m determined to do so despite having epilepsy.

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