Just a few steps beyond my twenties at the age of twenty-two, I became faced with an epilepsy diagnosis. Given an eye-opening opportunity to reflect upon my life in its entirety.
When I was sixteen years old, just after bedtime, I suddenly and unexpectedly experienced a grand mal seizure. My only recollection was extreme confusion and worry, having never gone through such an ordeal. I remember this incident so vividly because it was the very first surreal moment for me. Something in which I did not understand, had just happened in my brain and I was laying here hooked up by needles and machines for who knew how long. My heart was fine but it felt like it was pounding on the walls of my chest in fear at that time.
Soon after, life went back to normal and my singular seizure did not make a secondary appearance for the next six years. As the years went by after my one and only seizure, I believed myself to be free. Free to be that typical teenager. Stay up late. Party. Way too much caffeine. Unhealthy foods breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It wasn’t until I was twenty-two years old, four months after my marriage, five days away from my birthday, two weeks before Christmas, officially diagnosed with epilepsy, having experienced a grand mal seizure behind the wheel of my car, that I really began to value my health.
That typical teenage girl who believed she was free to do anything she pleased with her life and her health was immediately sent packing. The doctors, the neurologists, my very own brain gave me clear instructions of how I needed to live my life for the entirety of my life.
Without hesitation I knew I could no longer gamble with my life and my health. Don’t wait for a medical diagnosis to kick down your door, but if it does, wake up.
How To Value Your Health
Get a good night’s sleep.
Avoid late night, drug/alcohol enticing parties.
Avoid any and all caffeine (Should this be a seizure trigger).
Eat healthy and nutritious foods.
Drink more water.
Exercise lightly to moderately.
Maintain positive emotional health. Think positively and focus on gratitude.
Manage stresses in life. Examples of doing so: Yoga, Meditation, Prayer
Not a one of us know when we will take our final breaths of life here and it’s crucial that we use each breath and each step with purpose and determination. With love and care. I didn’t see it then but it took getting epilepsy for me to value my health and each day I live, I live loving my health and the person that God knit me to be with the utmost care.
I am a happily-ever-after wife, an Epilepsy Diagnosee, Advocate for Epilepsy Awareness (The Epilepsy Network), life lover & Christ inspired! Life is a journey and I'm loving every moment of it. Even the bumps in the road!