Along my epilepsy journey, I’d come across a profound poem that most know of, titled “What Cancer Cannot Do.” This powerful poem proclaims statements such as, “it cannot silence courage,” “it cannot destroy peace,” “it cannot shatter hope.” This had quite an inspirational impact on me as someone who lives with and fights back against a chronic condition.
Though my diagnosis of epilepsy, I remained filled with hope. Though the many hospital visits, failed medications, tests, tests, and more tests, realization that there was not yet a cure for epilepsy, I remained and continue to remain steadfast in my faith.
There is so much that epilepsy cannot do.
It cannot rob me of my joy
It cannot crush my hope
It cannot steal my faith
It cannot take away my happiness
It cannot darken the light of my spirit
It cannot blur my vision of the future
It cannot weaken my strength
There is also so much that epilepsy did.
It gave me strength to fight back
It motivated me to speak out about my condition
It showed me exactly who my real friends are
It revealed the compassion and humanity of mankind
It introduced me to other forms of transportation
It pushed me to love myself, take care of myself better than I ever have
It healed broken and fractured relationships within my family
It drew me exceptionally closer to God
I’m not saying that I’m glad that I have epilepsy. What I’m saying is that, in having epilepsy, lemonade has been made out of the lemons that I have been given.
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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!