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Guest Blog by Shan O'Meara: Tough Skin

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Those of us suffering from epilepsy have to have a tougher skin than most. It causes those of us who have it to change their lives dramatically. For example, you shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking anti-epileptic drugs. For a limited time after a seizure, it is illegal to drive. Again, some people do anyway. Risky, but people still drive, regardless. The length of time varies in each state, from only months to several years. Some drugs necessitate eating a certain way or not to eat certain foods. Epilepsy is not a sickness, not a disease. It is a condition. There is no way to “catch” it from someone else. Epilepsy is not like the common cold or a broken limb, which, if given time, will mend or run its course through your body. Often, without surgery, it will not go away. It is forever. There is no way to determine how, why, or when you will have a seizure.  That’s what makes this condition so hard to understand. Some people get an infection and the seizures start. Some people have it …

Epilepsy and the Job Seeker's Dilemma

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There’s a great deal we agree on when it comes to our epilepsy.We need to get regular sleep.Taking meds on schedule is a must.It’s better for us to be open with others about our condition.Back up.Open with others?Here’s where the arguments begin.There are some people who have been traumatized by others’ reactions to their letting people without epilepsy know about their troubles and argue unequivocally for keeping silent.Others, such as I, fight to be open. A more complex situation arises, however, when thinking about whether or not to tell prospective employers about one’s epilepsy during the interview.It’s a tricky one.
On the one hand, we know that employers legally can’t let a disability such as epilepsy influence their hiring decisions. The only point they can consider is whether or not possible seizures will get in the way of performing assigned duties.
But it’s not a perfect world with managers and HR professionals bringing completely dispassionate thinking to the hiring pro…