Epilepsy Facts with Derra Howard

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Epilepsy one of the most common neurological disorders.

When did I start having epilepsy?

At the age of 9, I had my first seizure. I was at school, in the snack line. It was like I was walking into a dark tunnel and that's all I remember. Then, I woke up in the hospital. Loss time? ​Having epilepsy, it's literally having loss time. These are moments in my life that I could be walking or doing things that I thought about doing prior to the seizure. The seizures would come, and I can't control it. I'm just in it. I won’t remember anything, but people around me would tell me what to do. What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages. Epilepsy means the same thing as "seizure disorders." So, yea, it's the same thing. lol. Epilepsy is a condition with a wide range of seizure types. It differs from person-to-person.

How long have you had seizures?

I had my first seizure at the age of 9 years old. Then a year later, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I wasn't one to yell out and say, "hey I have seizures!" However, my classmates knew I had epilepsy. Growing up my family, friends, classmates, and even teachers were really supportive along this journey.

What triggers your seizures? I know stress is definitely a trigger for me. I try to relax and get enough rest. I try to stay away from stressful situations.

What's my purple super power because of epilepsy? And why? My faith in God. There were times I was so low, and I didn’t know if I would make it. My faith in God brought me out. Now, I’m in a place where I can tell my story openly.

What's one thing I have learned? Having epilepsy doesn’t stop me from doing anything. It may put a pin in it from time to time. It doesn’t define my life or my goes for myself. I pay attention to my body way more now.

What caused my epilepsy? My epilepsy just started and after a lot of testing the cause of my epilepsy is unknown. Any advice? Don't let anyone tell you, you can't do anything because of your epilepsy. Epilepsy is just apart of your journey and share that. Don’t limit yourself and reach your goals.

Any questions or need support check out my epilepsy page on Instagram @myepilepsysupport or my personal page @derrahoward