Living With Epilepsy : Living A Perfect Life

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Just by looking at me, you can tell I have it all together; I have an easy perfect life. In high school, I had straight A’s, lots of friends, a smile that could light up a room (I still have the smile), and I lived in a house with a loving family. While I was living my perfect life, there was something everybody didn't know. I was living my life in fear. When I was in the 5th grade, I was home alone with my mom. Something really strange was happening so I called 911. The ambulance came right away and took my mom to the hospital. Later that night, she was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Epilepsy is, “a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain”. My mom has grand mal seizures, the worst kind. When she has them she loses consciousness, it sounds like she can not breathe, she has violent convulsions and usually when it is over she has a concussion. They last about 4 minutes which is almost dangerously long. After my mom’s convulsions stop, it takes about 15 minutes to a half an hour for her to ‘wake up’. Once she is awake, she doesn't know what has happened and does not comprehend what she is told. It takes her a few days to fully recover from a seizure. Growing up seeing your mom having seizure after seizure, not being able to help and not knowing if she is going to be alright is a really scary thing. Since that day I have had the same fear, that

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