This will be the first in what I hope to be many posts. I just lost another job due to being an epileptic, which brings my lifetime total up to somewhere around seven jobs lost due to epilepsy. Luckily the people at Epileptics Anonymous were kind enough to let me start a blog on their webpage. (All I had to do was create it for them first!) Not many people want to hear someone talk about how epilepsy has affected their life for good or ill. Most people are afraid when the subject of epilepsy is even brought up.
I don't know how many of you out there have lost jobs due to epilepsy or another chronic illness. Or how many times you've been pushed away as soon as someone finds you have epilepsy. But it's happened all too often for me, and I think it's time that I start talking about it.
I've had epilepsy since I was 16. Which makes this year 20 years since my first seizure. It's affected every part of my life, dating, friendships, work, family life, school, you name it, epilepsy has had its hand in what has become of it. It's even gotten me arrested before.
There are so many stories that I don't even know where to begin. I will tell all of them eventually. But for now I'll leave it at this.
I want to know what others are thinking and feeling. Not just with epilepsy, but with any chronic illness. Here on this blog I will make a weekly post myself, and try to include personal stories of others once a week as well. If you want to contribute and let your story be known, submit it in the "contact us" section. I don't know yet how many or few I will get. All I can say is I'll do my best.