I'm a 40yr old woman, and I'm Epileptic, I've had my seizures for 37yrs. now. At one point in my life I was able to work, go to college, and live alone. My seizures have pretty much been in control where I was able to do these things. About 7 yrs ago I started having gran mal sz back to back. The college I was attending told me I had to stop my classes because I was considered a high risk, and the job I was working at let me go for the same reason. I know that, that's considered discremination. Except I live near the Houston area, and here in Texas a company has the right to let go of one of their employers without any reasons. So I applied for disablility, and now I'm on it. I hate it though! I hate when people ask me if I work, and it's embarassing to have to say that I don't. I always feel hopless, when I'm around others, and they talk about their jobs, where they work, and what they do. I loved it when I was able to work, I was always around people, and I loved working with others. I want to be able to go back to work, even if it's just for a few hours, I've already tried to appy, but, I've gotten turned down so many times, I feel hopless. It's even harder for me, because if I have a gran mal for more then 15 min. I lose oxygen to the brain, which causes my, memory, and thought process to slow down. Which it has considerably since I stated having my gran mals I have neices, and nephews, and I see them getting older, and as they do I see their intellegence growing. While me seems to stay the same. I can't even seem to have an intellegent conversation with others, because I always feel, like I'm going to say something stupid. I always feel like I'm on the outside looking in.
Hey, I will try to help you. Let's start with...what have you studied?
Do you have a degree?
Second thing, I know some people who had epilepsy and are allowed to work. They are not allowed to drive, but they work. (customer service jobs).
You sound like a strong woman. I will not tell you to volunteer cause I know you want to work. Volunteering is a good thing, but you can do it later in life. Or you can work and volunteer.
Perhaps you can apply for jobs in a different state?
Well first of all I'd like to start off with saying thanks for your reply. Like I said in my post I had many jobs. Except when I when they found out that my seizures were consistant they didn't want to take the risk of me hurting myself while on the job. The last job I had was being a substitude teacher, I loved it! I was going to college to try to get a teachers, assistant certificate. I hadn't got beyond what I waned to do from there because that was when my seizures had started to become so bad that they the college I was attending told me I had to sign out. That I was considered a high risk. I've thought about moving to another state like you just mentioned, but it's easier said then done. Only because to me this is where my foundation is, where I feel grounded, and besides I'm happy with my doctors, I've changed so many docs. over the yrs. that I've finally found some that I feel comfortable with. Since this last post I was told about a company that can help people that're in the same situation as me. So I'm hoping that they can help me find something I can do that will help me, even if it's someting small that won't put my disability, at risk! Please wish me luck, and again thanks for the reply!
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