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Today I have a bit special of a post, a sort of life update and reflection. You may recall that recently I did a post for Purple Day, as part of my "Young Author" series. Purple Day is an Epilepsy awareness day, and in the post I talked a little bit about Epilepsy and my life.
So, before I go further, a little more background information...
I have horrible headaches day in and day out, non-stop, with a variety of other symptoms such as sensitivity to lights and sounds, dizziness, etc, which makes it hard to function, let alone get out of bed. It has been many, many years since I was last to the neurologist, and I honestly didn't remember the diagnosis I was given, because I was young. Through a complicated mess of miscommunication and years, my family and I were under the impression that these headaches were caused by seizures. But, as my symptoms were worsening, we decided to go back to the doctor to find out exactly what was going on, and what had possibly changed.
Many months later, I finally was able to go and see my neurologist again. And after tests, I was given a real answer. I won't go into the details, but basically I have a type of debilitating chronic migraine, which really does make sense. At first I was very confused, because this is the opposite of what my family remembered from my last visit, but also glad to have some closure.
So, it turns out that I don't have Epilepsy -- when I honestly thought that I did. I hate to seem like a fake, because that was never my intention, but it was really all miscommunication and confusion. But to be honest, I'm very glad that I thought I did have Epilepsy, because I was able to learn a lot about it, and to better understand people who do have Epilepsy.
It's a real disorder, and deserves attention. I have several friends who do suffer from Epilepsy, and now I can better relate to and help them when they are having problems. I feel more empowered now that I have more information. And though I don't have Epilepsy, I understand what it's like to have a debilitating medical issue, which means that I can relate even further, especially now that I understand my own issues a bit better.
Also, this reminds me that we are all human, and we all have our own personal problems to deal with, and that we should all try and see through another's eyes, in order to be able to aid others when they are in need.
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