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Guest Blog by Shan O'Meara: Keep It Positive!

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My traumatic brain injury is, without a doubt, the biggest challenge I have had to face. The resulting epilepsy is another huge obstacle, coming in a close second, but second nonetheless. Both of these handicaps have left me with side effects that will exist until the day I die. I have to accept them because it is what it is and they will never go away. The facts are these: I was struck by a car, resulting in epilepsy 10 years later. That’s what happened. It is undeniable and can not be changed. The seizures, not knowing where or when they will strike next, have altered my life in many ways. I recall once at Disney, right before a ride, a warning sign said beware if you have epilepsy. I thought I could take it, go on the ride without any repercussions and go on my way. Initially, I was fine. No seizures, felt normal. It wasn’t until later that night, 4 to 5 hours afterwards, did I have a seizure, right there at Disney. So, it may not be immediate, but if it might happen, beware. Anothe…

The #1 Reason Others Are Surprised When I Tell Them I Have Epilepsy

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For most of my adult life, I’ve kept epilepsy in my closet like an ugly coat.I didn’t want to cloak myself, so to speak, in what I used to see as a shameful disorder.
Of course, it’s far from that, though some others may react in shameful ways when they hear about it.I decided to step into the open about my condition a little over two years ago, and, for the most part, the people I’ve told haven’t let me down.
Nonetheless, I have to say that to a one, there seems to be an element of surprise manifested in their seemingly taking a moment to reorient themselves to the truth.After all, I’m not cognitively impaired.I’ve lived a fruitful life, with a wonderful marriage, a child (who doesn’t have epilepsy), and professionally.I’m generally confident.What I sometimes feel when my meds are a little off, they never see.In other words, in their view of the world, I’ve seemed “normal.”
And I’m not unusual.One out of one hundred people have epilepsy, but others don’t notice anything different abo…