7 Ways My Epilepsy Reshaped Me
Before my epilepsy diagnosis, I never owned my health and well-being. Now it’s one of the main focuses of my daily life.
My head used to be “buried in the sand” when it came to what my body needed and I only focused on what I wanted. Little did I know that epilepsy would change all of that.
It reshaped my entire life – for the better.
Epilepsy Reshaped My Health and Wellbeing Routine
My health wasn’t being prioritized before and I rejected the notion of asking for help.
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy, it was a huge wake up call. I reflected on all of the decisions I was making (and not making) and slowly but surely began structuring a much healthier lifestyle.
Now, since seizures are frequent and unpredictable visitors and I absorb a lot of medication, I incorporate lifestyle routines to keep my body healthy such as eating nutrition-based foods and exercising 3-4 days a week.
Epilepsy Reshaped My Sense of Fashion
I had no sense of fashion. It was always t-shirts and baggy jeans. I would squash my tight curls with the flat iron, and dart off to work.
When epilepsy came along, rather than just haphazardly grabbing something to wear, it was important that I become more mindful in my decision making.
Overheating can provoke seizures so when it comes to the clothing that I wear I choose light colored and breathable fabrics. Especially during summertime.
Epilepsy Reshaped My Hobbies And Interests
For some people, living with epilepsy means spending a lot of time at home. In order to avoid being swallowed up by the feeling of loneliness, I tried my hand at arts and crafts.
I realized that these activities helped me to alleviate any pent-up stress and doubt. Reminding me that I can still face challenges and overcome them.
I also revived a long lost interest – writing. Creating this very blog that I am passionate about and proud of.
Epilepsy Reshaped My Personality
Living with epilepsy had a backward effect on my personality. Transforming me into an introverted extrovert.
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After watching the video, do you think you’re an introverted extrovert?
Epilepsy Reshaped My Circle of Friends and Social Life
Discussing limitations and struggles with a chronic illness can be a test of friendship, as real friends should always be there no matter what.
I had the displeasure of watching most friends fade away after my diagnosis. Ultimately making room for honest and healthy friendships. I’ve since cultivated countless lasting friendships that include many wonderful and memorable experiences.
Epilepsy Reshaped My Self-Confidence
My self-confidence was rocked at first. Living with epilepsy caused me to question my abilities moving forward. This is completely understandable having a condition that is unpredictable and uncontrollable.
In any event, I deeply desired to pursue life to the fullest and I did not want epilepsy to hinder me.
I’ve since learned to own my health while trusting my judgment, capacities and abilities.
Epilepsy Reshaped My Appreciation For Life
No one thinks it could happen to them—Until it does.
I took my body and my health for granted. I didn’t take good care of it, and I felt invincible because I was young and relatively healthy… until I wasn’t.
At any moment, anytime, anywhere, life can change on a dime.
My diagnosis taught me how precious every day is and to cherish every moment as it happens. Something as simple as a hug, or a smile, or a kind word can go a long way when experiencing frequent seizures or lengthy hospital stays.
Although epilepsy can reshape many aspects of your life, you’re still YOU – continuously learning and growing to be the best version of yourself.