When an unfortunate circumstance barges into our lives, by instinct a lot of us are flooded with emotions of panic, worry, anger, frustration, even depression. Swept off of our feet by unpleasant feelings. Taken by the hand, we do the dance, asking ourselves, asking family, friends, God, “Why did this happen to me? What will I do now?” We think to ourselves, this is not okay. This is not what I expected. This is not what I wanted in my life. This is not okay.
I have epilepsy. I’ve lived with epilepsy for almost nine years now and it’s okay!
It’s okay because…
- I have faith. I have faith in a cure.
- I have a devoted spouse by my side through it all.
- I have a loving family motivating me every step of the way.
- I have a community fighting the journey along side me.
- I am alive, and I thank God for sparing my life each day.
- I am filled with determination to overcome and rise above.
To share the same with others who walk the road I’m on day after day. It’s okay. In fact, it’s great. I have epilepsy yet epilepsy will never have my joy or will to wake with a smile on my face. Will never have the light of my spirit. That light is mine.
Yes this medical condition that I have is unfortunate, however, there are countless things that I am fortunate about. It took some time to get back on my feet and dust myself off but I got there by the grace of God and the love of my spouse and family. Piece by piece my broken heart was mended. Moment by moment I was strengthened.
I became on fire and outspoken about my story and epilepsy awareness.
Every single one of us are imperfect people with struggles and frustrations. Trials and tribulations. Embracing them with an attitude of positivity and optimism rather than allowing them to take you down and giving up, fills you with empowerment every single time. Empowerment to take on any mountain that you stand before.
I don’t know how long I will have epilepsy, however, so long as I do, it will not steal my…
- Will to live
- Positive thinking
- Relationship with God, family and friends
I have epilepsy and it’s okay. It’s okay because it only gives me reason to be better in all ways, than ever.