The brain. The human brain is one of the body’s largest organs, consisting of some 100 billion nerve cells that not only put together thoughts and highly coordinated physical actions but regulate our unconscious body processes, such as digestion and breathing. Weighing at 3 lbs., the cerebrum is the largest part of the brain and makes up 85% of the brain’s weight.
When a seizure occurs in the brain, the electrical system of the brain malfunctions. Instead of discharging electrical energy in a controlled manner, the brain cells keep firing. The result may be a surge of energy through the brain, causing unconsciousness and contractions of the muscles.
If only part of the brain is affected, it may cloud awareness, block normal communication, and produce a variety of undirected, uncontrolled, unorganized movements.
Involving an epilepsy diagnosis, most of the time the cause is unknown.
Involving my epilepsy diagnosis, the cause is in fact known. It is the result of what is known by many names. (Cavernous Angioma, Cavernoma, Cavernous Malformation, Cavernous Hemangioma, CCM)
The doctors I’ve met, favor the name Cavernous Angioma.
(Above, is a photograph of my brain, indicating the location of my Cavernous Angioma. The markers indicate a grayish circular color which is a dried spot of blood on my brain.)
A Cavernous Angioma is an abnormal tangle of vein-like structures. These malformations have the potential to leak blood, leading to bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage). This can cause neurological symptoms, depending on the location of the cavernous angioma. Symptoms can include weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, unsteadiness, vision loss or double vision, and difficulties speaking or swallowing. Seizures are also a threat. Cerebral cavernous angiomas affect about 0.5 percent of the population worldwide.
In some instances, surgery can be an option to resolve the problem. In my case, due to the location of the Cavernous Angioma, surgery is not an option. Surgery would only lead to additional problems. It will be with me for the duration of my life. Epilepsy will also be with me for the duration of my life. Its my hope and prayer that as medicine advances, that options will become available to me and others in similar situations. Unaware of what the future holds, I have found some comfort in knowing that I’ve met the reason for my Epilepsy.
I am one of many reasons for Epilepsy diagnoses. All of us united, are on one journey. Seeking a cure for this condition that links us. United as one force backed by determination to never give up and all who love us cheering us on as we take this journey.
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!