Living with brain damage, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy is my focus. Brain damage at birth was the cause. Medical professionals and individuals with epilepsy MUST go beyond reporting symptoms, diagnosing, and prescribing treatment. Here I will--here I must--attend to my brain damage, and cerebral palsy. Without doing so, I will not contribute to improved communication, and understanding.
This began as a chronicle of my seizures--the insights gained from living with epilepsy for most of my 52 years. Yet, it has grown to include insights about living with brain damage--mild brain damage on the left side of my brain. Although distinct, my epilepsy is closely related to the cerebral palsy, which resulted from my brain damage at birth. The limited use of my right hand and arm, my compromised balance affects how I may respond during a seizure.
Epilepsy is more than its most vocal, violent expression--seizures. Epilepsy is a subtle expression of my nervous system. Patty's Epilepsy Chronicles seeks to explore my experiences and insights, in hopes of dispelling myths, ameliorating fears, and opening minds.