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Posted by Marie on March 09, 2000 at 14:13:17:

In Reply to: Epilepsy, The Truth posted by Lora Forsberg on March 03, 2000 at 11:29:53:

: I think someone should put a website up about the real deal about epilepsy. The crap they put on the internet is shit. It isn't true. I read on one site that one with epilepsy may not be able to get a higher education, keep a job, get married, and have kids. That is SO not true!! I'm in a very loved relationship, maintaining a job and have straight 'a's in school. Where do all these dumb peole get this crap??? Anybody with me?? If so, e-mail me.
: Lora

Lora, I agree. And most definitely my husband would also. He has been on dilantin for about
23 years now. We have been married for 10 years. In our ten years of marriage he has had
about 3 seizures. And each time that this has happened, he can account for the reason it may
have happened. Once he had forgotten to keep up with his medicine, which he always does. I
think it was around Christmas holidays and we were very busy. Another time, he had been over-
worked and really needed to get caught up on sleep. Every other time he lives a normal life like
everyone else. When he has had these few seizures, he gets very mad at himself. I was not
familiar with epilepsy before I married him. So each time that he had a seizure, I was very
worried and scared and I guess I blew things out of proportion. I would ask him what he would
have done if he would have been at work or driving. All that did was get him even angrier. He said
that he could not live his life around epilepsy, but that he would continue to live normally and accept
the few inconveniences that came along with it. I now realize that it is not a big deal and that it
is very much under control. Besides our close family and a few close friends, no one even
knows that my husband has epilepsy. I am very proud at the way he handles it and I agree with
you that you can live a very normal life without any major difficulties. I have learned a lot from
his disposition .. and it seems like you have the same outlook. I'm with you!!! Have a good life!!

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