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Worried Epilepsy Will Interfere With College

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:51
Hi everyone. Hope you're having a good day. As the title says, I'm worried about my seizures interfering with college. I have complex partial seizures and frequent aura spells. My biggest worries are missing final exams and my attendance. The college assured me everything will be okay but I'm not so sure... How did you manage to get through college? What advice can you give?


Hi AmeizaSakurai, Thanks so

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2019-08-28 - 09:55
Hi AmeizaSakurai, Thanks so much for posting.  We know this can feel overwhelming. However, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce these feelings and manage your epilepsy. Managing your epilepsy can help to lessen your risks, improve safety, and increase the chance of a successful college experience, both in and out of the classroom.   Develop a personalized plan for managing your seizures and your learning needs: Create seizure response or action plan, which is a helpful tool for those close to you understand what do if you have a seizure: Tracking your seizures, record your medical history,medications, side effects, moods, or other personal experiences. using a diary:Learn how to live with seizures, potential risks and safety tips: Have a Seizure alert device:                                                                                                            Learn more about things to consider for independent living ,resources that are available & when help is needed:                                                                                                             For strategies, tips and resources for making the most of your college experience, please visit:  One of the most important things to help you live with epilepsy is to find a support network.  Learn more about your community support resources, here: our Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-332-1000,, can assist in connecting you to resources, provide referrals and additional support.  

Hi Ameiza,My  son also face

Submitted by Rick Chuah on Sat, 2019-08-31 - 03:54
Hi Ameiza,My  son also face similar problem & hv to skip his private college exam after consult wth the principals which brought it to the Board. They were very understanding & my son have to differ to another year. Nobody including you or my son wishes for this but h

Most colleges have disability

Submitted by Misjoey101 on Mon, 2020-06-22 - 22:26
Most colleges have disability counselors that let you register with them. I signed up for my Student Disability Center that gave accommodations to disabled students. I was given priority registration so I could get sleep and I talked to my teachers on the first week of every semester. This is what my seizures look like, this is what you should do if you see one. There was one time that I missed a final exam because I was in the ER the night before. But, I WAS HAPPY! I didn't have to take the test that day. Teachers aren't allowed to give you a zero for that. They postponed my exam until after break(another 2 WEEKS TO STUDY!) and then I took it. Honestly, people around me were jealous I had more time to study. I wouldn't worry too much about missing class/attendance. Now that teachers have access to portals, they post their lectures, powerpoints, notes, etc. online. So, if you miss a day, the lesson is online for you to see.

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