Since my epilepsy diagnosis, a stone’s throw away from a decade, the journey hasn’t always been without its stumbles and trials. Regardless, I’ve learned quite a bit throughout these years. In having developed a tougher skin, absorbing wisdom and learning more each day, it’s important to not allow yourself to get swept away by the whirlpool of negative emotions. Pessimism. Sadness. Anger. Depression. Fear. Rather than glancing at my epilepsy and seizures and crumble to pieces, giving the negativity permission to take control, I choose to have a good laugh at the quirks that are a part of my epilepsy.
Below are some of the quirks that amuse me. Share yours in the comments below!
- Wearing my sunglasses on a cloudy day and hear someone proclaim, “Why are you wearing sunglasses when there’s no sunshine?”
- Come time to take medication, proclaim, “It’s time to tame the beast!”
- Slinking down into my shirt like a turtle in their shell when passing by police vehicles’ flashing lights.
- Holding a complete and perfect conversation while waiting for a simple partial seizure to pass. Proclaiming, “This’ll pass in just a sec.”
- Staring at the floor during a movie and/or concert to avoid flashing/strobe lights.
- Daydreaming about what I’d do to epilepsy if it were standing before me.
- Concerned that a seizure-free streak is an indication of an impending seizure.
- Wearing my sunglasses in stores due to the fact that fluorescent lights and my epilepsy just don’t get along.
- When shopping, scanning the ingredients of food products very closely because some ingredients can in fact cause a seizure. Yes I’ve been looking at that bag quite a while. Don’t judge. (Laughing)
- Describing the multiple things my head feels like it’s been hit by following a seizure.
- Giving myself permission to have a lazy day following a seizure. Comfort food and movies. Two thumbs up!
What along your journey with epilepsy would you consider a quirk?