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Epilepsy Letter # 4

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Dear Stacey,

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am so happy for you; you must be thrilled! I was not on any medications during my two pregnancies, only because I did not know that I was having seizures. I never dreamed that I had epilepsy. My seizures started the month I turned twenty-six years old. (July 1980), when I first became pregnant with my first child, (my daughter).

During both my pregnancies, I felt great, I worked all the time and I was very happy. The only “black cloud,” were the awful “spells” that I was having. I did not know that I was having seizures until one year after my second child, (my son), five years after my first “spell!”

They diagnosed me with simple-partial seizures, which eventually worsened to become complex-partial seizures. Twice I suffered status epilepticus resulting in generalized seizures, which required hospitalization.

I am still in school (Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan). Last semester I had two (kind of) tough classes, but I loved them. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology and I was proud of my grades, B and A, respectively. This semester I have only one class, Medical Computer Information Systems, but I am finding this one class more difficult than last semester’s two classes combined.

I am hoping to take a spring and summer class. I have switched from medical transcription (a certificate), to Medical Information Technology (an associate’s degree). Therefore, I will have a better degree!

Take care, God Bless,

I believe this woman did not let epilepsy control her. She was blessed with two healthy children and is working on her college degree. You do not have to stop living just because you have epilepsy. She focused on her goals and looked positively at life. This is what you need to do.

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