A Wild Epilepsy Journey

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” – Cheryl Strayed

If you’ve never seen the movie Wild, chronicling one woman named Cheryl Strayed’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover, it is without a doubt inspirational. Starring, Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl, one woman decides she must brave the unknown all alone with a backpack filled so heavy strapped to her back with survival supplies she can barely walk giving herself time to heal from the multiple pains she has endured. Giving herself time to think and to separate herself from the unforgiving hurts and situations which were like the weight on her back that she carried on her hike.

Why does this movie reach out to me? It does so because I myself am on a wild epilepsy journey. I have been every day for the past eight years. With a weighted backpack strapped upon my back filled with dreams put on hold. Aspects of my independence sidelined. A neurological condition I did not ask for. Emotions that I struggle with consistently. I very much would love to pick up and take a hike to think and to separate myself from the unforgiving hurts and situations which are like a weighted backpack that Cheryl had strapped to her back.

I do not have the ability to run away from my epilepsy as it is unfortunately within me. I run, it runs. However, Cheryl’s strength, bravery, courage, positive outlook as she left all behind in order to recover and to pick up the pieces of her broken self filled me with strength, bravery, courage and a positive outlook.

Each day, we are on a wild epilepsy journey. With this weighted backpack strapped upon our backs. Some of us have different hurts and situations filled inside. But we must keep going. We must continue to get up and face the day, no matter what it brings. No matter if we’re exhausted physically or emotionally. No matter how much that we just want to fall on our knees and wave the white flag of defeat. We must take the time to think and think positively about the situations we face and the hurts we feel inside.

Each day, we are on a wild epilepsy journey.

Some days are better than others. Some days are great. Some days are right out awful. Yet carrying this weighted backpack and not allowing it to drag you down can inspire others who may be experiencing hurts and difficult situations too. Allow it to give you strength, bravery and courage in your wild epilepsy journey.

With every step, you are overcoming.

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