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Nov 25, 2018 · Living with epilepsy - Introduce yourself & meet others in Epilepsy & Seizures

Thank you ma'am, I certainly understand. I've been going to Mayo for over a decade & never knew they had this forum. So great to fin, & I'm looking forward to helping others. God Bless

Nov 25, 2018 · Living with epilepsy - Introduce yourself & meet others in Epilepsy & Seizures

Hi there, my name is Richard, & in 1988, when I was 18 months old, I was diagnosed with epilepsy, I'm now 31. I had a small number of grand-mal seizures. My epilepsy was made of some nocturnal & mainly complex-partial seizures. From 1988 until late 2017 I had epilepsy. Neurologists have always said live with someone for safety. So I live with my mom in Jacksonville Fl. She & her brother had epilepsy but out grew it in their teen years. I had brain surgery at Mayo Clinic in May 2017. We did a follow up EEG study in September 2017 & they saw no activity. I'm now 1 year seizure free, after being told I'll always have epilepsy. Thank You Lord! In September I drove a car for the 1st time in my life. I took lessons & got my license. I now own a new Toyota Camry.
That brings me to my question. All my life, until this past September 2018, I've been in the passengers seat. Now driving, after being told I'll never be able to, & owning my own car has changed my life & opened the world to me. Thank You Lord! I'm Christian in case you haven't noticed ;-). Has anyone in this group had or know someone who had epilepsy, then got it under control, got their license, & can drive? If so what's their experience like? My life is completely different from what it used to be. I used to be house bound, now I'm not. I'm just curious as to what others have experienced going from having epilepsy to not having it & driving?