Posted by debbi
on May 05, 2000 at 14:51:51:
In Reply to: Corrective Surgery For Epilepsy Saved Me! posted by Amy on April 15, 2000 at 21:21:52:
: Hi everyone,
: Just wanted to say hello to everyone. Thought that I could share my experience with everyone. When I was 8 months old I had a grand-mal seizure. That seizure was so severe that it scarred my brain. I continued to have seizures until I was almost 16 years old. I was picked on in school, put on many different medications, and I was even told by teachers, friends, and DOCTORS, that I was faking my seizures. Then when I was 15 (almost 16) years old, I found out about a surgery that was being offered to correct epilepsy/seizures. Me and my family checked into it, and I was tested to see if I was a candidate for this surgery. I WAS! on May 31, 1994 I had the surgery. This May 31 I will be celebrating 6 years seizure free!!!! My life has been extremely overwhelming since. I am now living away from home (at college in the dorms), attending college full-time, am able to drive, and am dating someone without the worry of having a seizure and making him feel awkward, or him just simply not knowing what to do. I am completely off all medications! And I have been for 3 years. This is a brief synopsis about my experience. If anyone is interested in hearing more or you just want information, please feel free to contact me. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be glad to talk to anyone that has any questions. May God Bless All.
It was encouraging to see your note about surgery! I recently had surgery in November and
have been seizure free ever since! What a change I am noticing in my life. I am 41 years
old, with three children, and have been unable to drive for about five years. I am looking
forward to driving again, and I am really starting to notice a "personality change" kind of -- I am
realizing how having seizures/epilepsy really affects us in ways we don't realize, and for me,
how I really became such a "quiet" person - kind of "at the mercy" of others if I wanted to go
somewhere -- or do anything that has to do with driving! I am kind of starting to come out of
my shell. I really praise God for such a good outcome of the surgery, and just pray that my
life will show my thanks to Him for all He's done. Hope you continue to blossom as you attend
college, and start your new life in different areas.