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Posted by HAROLD DRAFFEN on February 24, 2000 at 15:54:20:

In Reply to: Re: RUNNING CAUSES SEIZERS?? posted by Ron Bauer on February 03, 2000 at 20:02:56:

: : Keep your chin up Jessica! I too had to deal with epilepsy in the eighth grade. I had to deal with it for 10 years (8 years old - 18 years old) when I had brain surgery to correct it 10 years ago and now I don't have epilepsy at all. I didn't want any of my peers to know about my seizures when I was your age because I was embarassed. I would hide them by putting my head down on the desk when I could feel one coming on. So I understand the difficulties you are going through. Even though I had up to 20 complex partial seizures a day, I was able to start on the varsity girls b ball team and run the 800 meters in track. I had seizures during a game several times but my friends and coaches were very supportive. Try to not take to heart the sometimes hurtful things others kids say to you. Sometimes other people tease to make themselves feel better at the expense of others feelings. You should know that, in the end, they are the ones with a problem. Make sure the company you hang around with is positive and supportive toward you. Try to focus your energy on them instead of others who try to hurt your feelings.I hope things get better for you. What kind of seizures do you have and how often, if you don't mind my asking? Take care, Jessica.
: : Lindsey

: Jessica, I have had epilepsy my entire life. Today I am 42 yrs of age. I credit living a normal-healthy life to consistent exercise. I have trained all my life and believe this is a major reason for being able to live seizure free with the aid of medication-good luck!

Jessica, Ron is correct exercise and weight control is very important in controlling the seizures. I had brain surg. 20 years ago after developing seisures from 12 concussions in sports
and have continue to play sports and I am 47 now
and on 500mg a day of dilantin, don't stop your life because of seizures ,just control them with proper care. good luck

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