When I was 14 I was in a car accident. (its now 30 years later) I hit my head on the windshield and didn’t realize for years how serious the accident was. A year or so later i started having starring spells and feelings that I had no idea what they where. I just continued on with life thinking it would just go away. At 18 I had my first grand mal seizure (that I know of). I then started having them frequently. I went to a doctor and they tried several medications. Most of them made me feel worse then having a seizure. Finding the right medicine is key to living a productive life with epilepsy. At one point I was on 3 different meds and I felt like a zombie. Its definitely no way to live. I finally found some medicines that could control my seizures while i’m awake. My seizures are now confined to my sleep. I have 1 or 2 every month and the after effects get harder to deal with as I get older. I don’t feel the same for up to two weeks following a seizure.
Everyone keeps telling me to suck it up but as people with epilepsy know its easier said then done. Its hard to keep a job because i have to call in at least 2 or 3 times a month. Then I’m not myself. Its hard for people to understand. I even have my Dr. tell me that medication is probably the only option. I haven’t had any tests for quite awhile now and i’m not going to settle for a life like this just because nobody cares.