I've been noticing on social media that some people with epilepsy are starting to lose hope in becoming seizure free and accomplishing goals. Yes, having epilepsy or just having seizure and not having epilepsy can be very difficult, emotionally and physically.
This is why I have decided to list a few famous people that have experienced the struggle when dealing with epilepsy.
1. Neil Young
Now, I am not entirely familiar with this artist, but I have heard of him. He is considered a legendary song writer. Young has lived with his epilepsy for a long time, and his daughter also has the condition.
In the past he went through a procedure that was painful and is not available to this day. He states, "It has to do with having a radioactive dye injected into your nervous system - basically into your back, so it goes right into your nervous system...They usually get some bubbles of air and stuff in there too, so when those go through your brain, it's excruciating."
He still lives with his epilepsy, but thankfully he is able to have it under control, and helps his daughter manager her condition.
Check out his memoir, "Waging Heavy Peace, where he talks about epilepsy and other medical conditions.
I wish I could have met Prince, but sadly he has passed away, but don't fret his music will remain alive.
Prince first talked about battle epilepsy during his childhood back in 2009. During an interview to People magazine he said something very inspirational: “My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, ‘Mom, I’m not going to be sick anymore,’ and she said ‘Why?’ and I said ‘Because an angel told me so.’ Now, I don’t remember saying it, that’s just what she told me.”
3. Chanda Gunn
Athletes have always inspired me to do things I thought I couldn't do. According to Health Line Chanda Gunn, the goalie for the U.S. Olympic ice hockey team in 2006 was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of nine. After being diagnosed she was forced to give up swimming and surfing, and ended up leaning towards hockey.
According to Health Line, it is important that Gunn informs other people with epilepsy that this condition won't hold you back from your dreams. On epilepsy.com she writes: “There’s no reason why a person with epilepsy can’t play sports or pursue their dreams.” She continues by saying, “I’ve learned to live with it, the fear of the unknown, because I want to really live life and for me that means playing ice hockey.”
Today Gunn is one of the most well known women is U.S. hockey. Although I don't follow the sport intensively she inspires me to accomplish my dreams. I can relate since I am also an athlete.
Be on the look out for the Epilepsy Therapy Project because she is one of the spokeswoman.
source: Health Line
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