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I am 16 years old and i just finished year 11 at school. I was diagnosed with Complex Partial Blank out seizures. My teachers this year have been emailing my parents complaining of how i have been unable to maintain my grades and a lack of concerntration. I got send to get an MRI and EEG by my neurologist. The MRI was okay, but my EEG showed in the 45 minute period i had lots of seizures. They originated in one part of my brain and covered my entire brain quickly. Then today my neuroglost diagnosed me with Primary Generalised Epilepsy. My Mum took it very hard, she broke down and couldnt stop crying. I am trying to be tough with it, he said i am not allowed to drive, which sucks a bit becuase i should be sitting my half way driving test but cant now. I just need to know how to deal with it? How other poeple handle it? And what should i do about Mum? She is blaming herself becuase she never noticed. Its year 12 next year and thats very important! Is anyone sufffering Epilepsy in year 12? How to deal with it and how difficult is it?
Thanks, any help would be great!  


WelcomeI was in 7th grade

WelcomeI was in 7th grade when I had a grand mal seizure. My teachers had been writting me up for day dreaming in class for about a year before I had that seizure. Those day dreams were absence seizures or focal seizures. My diagnosis was when I was 14. Mothers are great and they want the best for their children.. Now you have the net and fingers can go gather information quickly. When I was diagnosed there were no home computers so it was more difficult to gather information. Your mother is precious and wants the best as do all mothers. There has been a stigma about epilepsy for well over a thousand years. So gather the information and present it to her.As for driving and doing other things. If the neurologist said no driving he is basically following the regulations in laws in your country. If you live in the states then that law is set by laws in the state. After a period of time a person can get their drivers license back or test for it. Each country and state has laws like that because the laws are to protect the people. What would happen if you were driving and had a seizure which kept you from using your hands and turning or slowing down with your feet. Accidents can happen.Hey I have never driven. But does that mean I don't know how? NO I do know how to drive and will in the case of an emergency. Epilepsy has not stopped me from doing things other people do. You just have to use common sense.  A disability is all you have . people wearing glasses haveone. As do people wearing a hearing aid. Lets not forget the people using crutches. Or the people in wheelchairs. If you has had a heart atach and were now taking medications would she have cried or would she have dealt with it and moved on to help you with your issue.  Epilepsy is more common then Parkinsons, ALHZ and stroks combined.  One in 25 people will have a seizure disorder at some time in their lives. In a major city there can be 25 people on each side of the street waiting for the light to change sothey can walk across. $ corners with 25 people whould mean that there could be 4 people there that might have a seizure disorder. Oh and a good way to start would be typing epilepsy and famous people in the tool bar. You will see many people had epilepsy that were leaders of countries and famoue for many different things. Today you have better medications that can control your seizures better. I know I am taking one which has reduced the number of seizures I was having. It also shortened the time in those seizures as well as the time to get back to normal, I hope this helps and your Mom looks at things in a better light.

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