As a perfectly healthy child with no conditions whatsoever, it was extremely difficult for my family and I to contemplate the fact that I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in March of 2017. Prior to receiving this diagnosis, I had previously visited the ER after a seizure, and the doctors said that I was dehydrated. However, after visiting multiple doctors, I learned that I had Epilepsy. Until recently, I have been too afraid to even look up symptoms or causes because I was still in denial because none of my family members had it, and I unfortunately did. Overall, this time in my life has been very rough, and I wish to share my story.
As a child, my parents did everything they could in order to prevent future health issues (eg. health, diet, exercise, etc..) Unfortunately, Epilepsy is not a condition that has a definite cause, making it impossible to prevent. Though my parents did everything to prevent other conditions, the one condition they couldn’t prevent was Epilepsy. After I went home from my first neuro appointment, I was relieved because the doctor said that after 2-3 years of medication, I would be free from this disease. However, modern-day technology has shaped the way society views medicine, politics, etc., so I, of course, did research on seizures. Unfortunately, I saw numerous articles about the dangers of driving for a person with Epilepsy. Additionally, the medication I was given had side effects, including memory loss, drowsiness, etc. and these became setbacks for me during the first few months of my treatment. Every day when I went to school, I felt sleepy and couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that medicine isn’t 100% effective. Therefore, it distracted me from what was going on around me, and I was scared to do anything in fear of a potential seizure. Fortunately, I still was able to complete my schoolwork and cope with the aid of my family.
As of today, January 6, 2020, I’m attending a 4-year University in Texas, and am studying to become a neurologist so that I can take back the control that this disease once took from me. Unfortunately, due to the setbacks of medicine, coping, and 3+ Emergency room visits, I got a bit behind on planning for college, and ultimately didn’t submit the required documents on time to be eligible for scholarships. I have also applied to several private scholarships, but no luck… Lastly, with all of the financial burden my parents have faced, they have decided that I may have to ultimately drop out of college and forget my plans of attending a medical school. Although they may have lost hope, I am still latching onto the small possibility that someone will understand my struggle, and support me on my educational journey. I urge you to help in any way you can, because I believe that the good that you put into the world will always be returned to you. If I am lucky enough to get your support and financial assistance, I will use this money to further my education in college, become a neurologist, and share my story with struggling patients. I know how hard it is to deal with such an unimaginable fate, and I wish to ignite hope in the youth, so that they will go on to hopefully put an end to our shared struggle.
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God Bless you all.