"Embrace your Epilepsy
- IT'S PART OF YOU, IT DOESN'T DEFINE YOU".
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Being seizure free is not as easy as flipping a switch but I did flip my mindset. I had to learn to be very disciplined because my daily actions impact my seizures. I have learned that my mindset needs to match the life I want to live.
Tis the season for some #epilepsy holiday tips. As the holidays approach, it’s important to pay extra attention to your health. From seasonal illnesses to preparation for the holidays, winter can take a toll on your body.
When I was first diagnosed with #epilepsy, I feared I would have a #seizure while I was at work. It was not until something did happen at work, that I was faced with the reality that nothing is more important than your health.
I’m learning that mindfulness and meditation doesn’t always have to be sitting still for a period of time.
Even simply being aware of your breathing and surroundings can improve your mood and physical / mental health.
Having epilepsy is one thing but having epilepsy as a woman is another. The relatability of being a women with epilepsy creates an instant bond & sense of sisterhood. It’s a special type of relationship that I wanted to acknowledge.
Happy Epilepsy Awareness Month!
I’m really proud of what I’ll be sharing with you all, this community is my inspiration. Be gentle with yourself. You're managing an invisible disorder. You're doing the best you can. Be proud of yourself.
Hey everyone! I’m excited to share that I’m a @stepstowardzero (STZ) Champion! Champions are patients living with epilepsy who share how they are taking Steps Towards Zero seizures. STZ is more than a campaign – it’s a movement.
The 1st Annual Walk 4 Epilepsy SF for the Epilepsy Foundation NorCal @epilepsynorcal was a huge success! Thank you to everyone for supporting my team, One Day. A special thank you to my team for coming out to walk with me.
1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Each year, about 48 of every 100,000 people will develop epilepsy. Come walk with me for the 1 in 26 living with #epilepsy on March 26, 2022. Join my team in person in San Francisco or virtually!
This time last year I had one of the scariest experiences of my life. I ended up in the emergency room due to an accidental overdose on one my anti-epileptic drugs. If you are ever in question if you took your medication call your doctor.
My fellow warriors don’t be afraid to speak up and embrace your epilepsy. It is a scary feeling but also liberating. The more we talk the more we spread awareness and educate people. I put myself out there to be vulnerable because I see the impact it has.
Driving with epilepsy has been a unique experience for me. I’ve had my license revoked 6 times over 20 years. I understand that there are many people living with epilepsy who have not ever had their license and for that I empathize.
“I went from being Jennifer, who didn't want to talk about her epilepsy, to Jennifer, who publicly shares her journey and is now a Board Member for the Epilepsy Foundation of NorCal. Today, I do it for the community."
“It’s a very scary feeling waking up from a seizure and not knowing what happened due to the brain fog I was having when I suffered from a recent seizure. More terrifying is having it happen in public and waking up with a DVD case in my mouth."
My epilepsy Warriors- be ok with what YOUR BEST is and be proud of it. Accept it and spread your word. I’ve learned when I’m true to myself others follow. Don’t forget that you’re in the driver seat of your life.
Be true to yourself.
Living with epilepsy is more than just seizures. Although I’m 4 years seizure free now, the fear of the next one to break that seizure freedom is always scary. I’m not defined by what happens to me but how I respond to what happens to me.
I promote epilepsy awareness by leading educational events and sharing my experience through social media