My life has fallen apart since I was diagnosed with epilepsy
DEAR DEIDRE: I FEEL like such a failure since being diagnosed with epilepsy.
Two years ago I had a girlfriend, a flat in London and so many plans.
Now I’m back living with my parents, my girlfriend has left me and I’m reliant on medication.
I’m a 35-year-old man.
Last January, I collapsed while waiting for the Tube. When I came round in hospital, doctors told me I’d had a stroke.
I then suffered three seizures in three days and they discovered I had developed epilepsy as a result.
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When I came out of hospital, I couldn’t get my head around all the different drugs, which were making me really lethargic, and I was still struggling with everyday tasks.
I feel such a burden – my parents were looking forward to retirement and now they’re full-time babysitters.
DEIDRE SAYS: None of you could have seen this coming, so don’t blame yourself, and your parents will want to help as much as they can.
Many people with epilepsy go on to have normal lives, but give yourself time to recover and adjust.
Epilepsy Action (epilepsy.org.uk) has an online forum, Forum4e, where you can connect with others going through something similar – this may help you to see yourself as a survivor, not a failure.
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