Epilepsy

14 Pills – My Everyday

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Every day. Morning noon and night. 14 pills to ‘control’ my seizures. When I say control, I mean fight them back as best as they can. My medication doesn’t always keep the seizures away. Two medications. One major purpose. Battle seizures and save my life. Keppra and Gabapentin. One more pill of Keppra and I’ve reached my maximum I can go. It is the only blend that seems to do the best. I’m so thankful that these medications help me to have some sense of normality. Enough to hold down a part-time job. Enough that I can do most things independently. Yet, sometimes it can be frustrating and concerning taking so many pills. I can’t help but to wonder the long term effects on my body. My esophagus and nervous system. Has it ever crossed my mind to just quit them? Sure! But that’s playing Russian Roulette with my life. A risk I just won’t take. I pray each day that I continually do better so that the pill count will go decrease. Aside from my Epilepsy medication, I also take between 3-4 vitamins to counteract side effects caused by my medication. Making it a grand total of 17-18 pills I consume a day. Some in my position take less pills and some take far more pills than I do. In any case, it’s definitely challenging in more ways than one. Its not just challenging physically and emotionally. There’s also a financial challenge for some. These medications are not cheap. For some, it can pose a difficulty on a families finances. Just to remain seizure-free. To remain safe and secure from the dangers Epilepsy poses. Through all of this I remain hopeful for a cure. Hopeful for mercy from pharmaceutical companies to ease up on the cost of these medications for us all. Yes, this is my every day. This is 65 million peoples’ every day.

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!

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