If I could write a letter to myself, for the very first days of my epilepsy diagnosis, I imagine I would have much to say. A traveler having come a long way now on this journey. Having lived and learned so much in almost seven years, and surely I have much more to live and learn along this journey.
If I could offer any such wisdom to my past self, what would I say? What have I learned? What have I come to realize? What have my eyes come to see?
I would imagine my letter might read something like this:
You’ve just been diagnosed with epilepsy and this has without a doubt, flipped your whole world upside down. You have every right to feel angry, confused, sad, even a little scared. This is all normal. You’re human. Who wouldn’t feel this way at first? What’s important is that you make a decision right now that you’re not going to stay locked inside these feelings. Do you know why? You have a very important job to do. Get well. You must do everything required of you to get well. You are not the only one fighting this fight. There is a team. All around the world. Just like you. Families. Couples. Children. Doctors. Nurses. Determined. Hopeful. Faithful. They stand with you too. Know in your heart, wear it like a necklace that one day a cure will be found. You may not know how or why this epilepsy diagnosis happened to you but each and every day, wake up and walk about with a positive outgoing attitude. You’re alive. Thank God, you are alive.
If you could write a letter to yourself, for the very first days of your epilepsy diagnosis, what would you say?