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When do I tell someone about my epilepsy?

I am very self-conscious when it comes to my epilepsy, because when I was younger kids would call me “seizure boy”. The thing is though I only have seizures 2 to 3 times a year and they’re all in the morning before I can even get out of the house, and they never saw one happen. It just goes to show how cruel teenagers can be. Now that I’m older I don’t talk about it to anyone unless my doctor or my family, and only after I have a seizure is when I talk about my epilepsy. That’s kind of some back ground on why this is difficult for me, and I’m sure other people may feel the same. My situation right now is pretty much this: I haven’t talked to a girl that I actually liked since High school which was 3 years ago and now there is this girl who I like in one of my classes at college and I want to ask her on a date but I feel like I should tell her about my condition first. At the same time I’m afraid she will look at me different or think I’m too much to handle. I’m not trying to present myself as Superman to her, but I don’t want her to think I’m weak and I can’t take care of myself because I have a epilepsy. I know she won’t make fun of me, but I don’t know if she will get scared and start being distant. I don’t know what to do honestly, I don’t want to be lonely anymore. I know my worth and that I’m much more than someone with epilepsy, but sometimes that’s all that people see in me.

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