"Mommy, did you have a seizure and forget that I only like my potatoes mashed?" asks my 5 year old, without a hint of amusement in his voice. When my sister heard, she laughed and then shared the story with Grandma and the rest of the family. To us, it's funny, but to a 5 year old whose mom started having seizures when he was 2, it's his reality.
I imagine it must be frustrating for my family to have the same conversations with me: "We should go see that movie, it looks like fun!" "We've seen it already." "Really? Did I enjoy it?". Then there are the times when I'm being my typical stubborn self: "Go lay down, you've just had a seizure." "No, I'm fine I have to take the kids to school." "No, you need to lay down or you'll have another seizure." "I'm fine!" (Then I have another seizure).
Being diagnosed with epilepsy at age 41 has had its ups and downs but I am immensely grateful to my husband, my kids, and the rest of my family for all their love and support. To all of my friends and neighbours who have driven me or my kids to their extra-curricular activities – THANK YOU! Finally to Epilepsy Durham Region and all the families also dealing with this disease, it's comforting to know that we are not alone in our struggles. I don't know what I would do without ALL of you!