How Epilepsy Changed My Life Essay

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How Epilepsy Changed My Life

Gilbert Lutes
Essay ENGL 121
Writing Assignment

When I was just seven-years old, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I’d been having small and frequent seizures my entire life without ever knowing of it until one day when I was shelling walnuts in front of the fireplace. Everything I ever knew was being stripped away from me. I no longer had control over any of the muscles in my body, my ability to speak, my actions, nor my sight. All I could do was relax and wait for my brain to catch up and regain control over my body. My life has been changed by epilepsy, but I will never let it control my life.
By definition, “Epilepsy occurs when nerve cells in the brain send electrical messages at a rate
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After attending monthly meetings with Dr. Marks, we finally got the test results from these other clinics that confirmed that what I had been experiencing were seizures, and from that point on, I was treated for epilepsy. Next came the study of an important natural inhibitory neurotransmitter: Gamaa-amino butyric acid (GABA for short), which led to a search for drugs which might suppress my epilepsy through enhancing the activity of GABA. Doctors prescribed Depakote, and Rediline for me to take three times a day for as long as the symptoms continued.
At this point in my life, my family and I understood that I would live with this for rest of my life. Certain activity’s I had once participated in with ease, now caused worry. I was now forced to give up mountain biking, roller blading, skateboarding, horseback riding, and swimming because at any given point in time I was subject to a complete shutdown of my brain which could cause numerous injury’s to myself and others. Fortunately I was not old enough, and hadn’t learned to drive yet, so that wasn’t a temptation. I lived with these restrictions for six years, never being able to head out on my own and just take a bike ride, never being able to be pulled behind a boat on a tube or skis, and trust me, it’s hard to grow up in California without being about to enjoy watersports.
I started meeting with an occupational therapist twice a month, and

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