I usually have 3 a month, more if I'm stressed about something. I'm sure a lot of people on this site have much worse problems than I do. They only last about 10 to 15 seconds. It does affect my consciousness accompanied by a feeling that is hard to describe. I also feel fear but part of that may be due to the time I had a febrile seizure at 8 years old, waking up in a hospital not knowing what had happened. Sometimes the after affects last for about an hour. They started at the time I was 27. Sometimes I have an (aura?) but sometimes it just comes on suddenly. I also had a concussion when I fell at the age of 3 or 4 where I lost consciousness and was brought to the hospital but that didn't involve a seizure.
I try to say something to myself to help during the seizure (for example, repeating the Lord's Prayer). I seem to have to start that as soon as I feel it coming on. Lately I have been slowing down my breathing which seems to help whenI try to start right away. I think this is the Butyeko or Frolov effect.
I'm curious to know why they said I was born with it. That could be genetic-familial or a problem with the genes. You mentioned before genetic could be something besides a family connection. I think this happened due to an injury or the febrile seizure both in childhood.