So nice to hear from you Amanda. I’ve sent you a private message, and look forward to connecting with you.
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Thank you so much for following up, Colleen. Thankfully, after having several conversations with my colleagues and admin, things are seemingly in a good place. I’ve even been able to open up about it to a few of my older students who are having health issues of their own, so it’s been able to bring me closer to my work community in some ways.
I live in Ukraine, where there is maybe a bit of a stigma, but for the most part, the host country nationals that I live and work with have been very supportive. The only difficulty now about living here is that the care is extremely limited, so I’m struggling to really move forward with anything.
Hi Amanda. I’m really glad to hear things with your work are going well and they’re being supportive. (My sister is also a vet, so I have heard stories about how stressful that life can be!) I definitely understand the frustration of the waiting and not having answers — that’s what I’m currently going through. Looking forward to talking to you more about all this.
Thank you for sharing, Robert. I’ve been getting overwhelmed recently by thinking about how this is going to effect my life longterm, and it’s refreshing to hear that moving forward is definitely possible. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that your MRI comes back clean and you stay well.
Thank you so much for your story and your advice, Bonnie. I really, truly appreciate it. Thankfully, things with the school have been okay and we’re working through this new information together. Now just trying to take things as they come in terms of dealing with it all. Hope you’re doing well.
My name is Mica — I’m 30, originally from California but have been working overseas for the last eight years. Just a couple weeks ago, I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy (simple partial seizures) after having suffered from symptoms (most commonly brief episodes of deja vu, extreme fear, and loss of place) for the last three years (doctors previously attributed it to depression/anxiety).
While I am incredibly thankful to finally have some answers and have a name to put to all of this, I also just feel overwhelmed with the new diagnosis and what it all means. I am a teacher, and the stigma of “epilepsy” has already brought up questions of my abilities and capabilities of working with children. I would love to connect with others who were diagnosed later in life, or any educators out there who have found a way to appease others in the workplace.