Living life healthy & fulfilling with epilepsy
Wellness began for me when I developed epilepsy at the age of 32 in January 2008. We moved from Dallas, Texas to live here on the Oregon Coast. It was the right place for us to live because to us it is a healthy an non-stressful environment to seek wellness and especially for the fact that stress is one of the main triggers for my seizures. Life in the big city was just too much and too stressful. Oregon was also our choice due to its progressive medicinal cannabis laws for illnesses and disorders such as mine. It was a very difficult time for me the first three years. The first two years was dealing with my neurological disorder on my own due to no medical care because of no health insurance. The third year I was finally diagnosed with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy but my life and health continued to get more difficult because of the many different anti-epileptic medications and a very non-competent neurologist. Finally I found a wonderful neurologist that understood and respected what medical approach I was seeking which was less medication and medicinal cannabis. Though I achieved good health with some seizure control there was still a very important component missing from achieving what optimal health is to me, a person with epilepsy and minimal medication intake. Two years later, my husband then took the family to the next big step to achieving true health and wellness by changing our diet and lifestyle due to his obesity, mental disorders and my seizure disorder. We changed to a plant based diet and became active. It is amazing how far we have come, both physically and mentally healthy. I have truly gained my life back and continue to grow healthier and happier.
The last thing I would share about my family's journey to wellness is that achieving wellness isn't necessarily being disciplined but the willingness to educate yourself about a healthy lifestyle through research, reading and watching documentaries about healthy eating habits (Forks over Knives, Engine 2, Hungry for Change, Food Matters, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and the many docs that are out there) and healthy activities for both body and mind. Get inspiration from others stories on how they achieved wellness. It may seem impossible but it's not. Just have the willingness and open mind to introduce these things to your lives even though it may be difficult at times. The road to wellness is ever changing. You can achieve wellness even though there will continue to struggles in our lives. It takes time but rest assure the outcome is wonderful and worth it. I personally know, coming from a place where medications and bad eating habits were literally killing me slowly. I live life now and often forget I have epilepsy.