Ending 2016 with 6 seizure free months

I made it! I will end 2016 with 6 seizure free months and counting. How did I do it?

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There is no straight answer to this, really. There is no pill I took, no special treatments I did and no specific diet I followed. But don’t be fooled by the illusion that it just happened. Multiple times I have faced situations in which a seizure would be very likely. Tired and sick days, crowded public places and anxiety challenged me a lot this year. I think what got me through eventually is my mental strength. I learned to speak up when I don’t feel well so that people around me know what to expect. Days spend in bed with netflix and countless hours of sleep also helped me a lot. Sometimes I have the feeling I exhaust myself too much and the battery needs to charge or otherwise it will die and shut down itself, basically like your phone also does.

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In situations where I’d feel anxious about having a seizure I tried to concentrate on myself as much as possible.  Listening to my breathing and getting myself to a comfortable environment. Lying down on my bed with a hand on my belly to slow down my breathing and trying to relax my body. And all in all I somehow managed to be seizure free for 6 months. An accomplishment that I feel very proud of.

Does this mean I can perhaps control the seizures? I am not completely convinced just yet, but one thing is for sure: I am stronger than I thought I was a year ago.

Upcoming year will bring challenges that I am happy to accept. Perhaps I can even make a year out of those 6 months? How cool would that be! 2017 will be a year in which I will continue to work on understanding myself and the reactions of my body better, because I have the feeling that those insights helped me to get to this goal..

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Happy 2017!

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2 thoughts on “Ending 2016 with 6 seizure free months

  1. Congrats! I will be 6 months seizure free at the end of January. I hope you have another 6+months more!!! It’s definitely important to listen to your body and advocate for yourself. For me my triggers are sleep deprivation and stress. Funny how I picked the stressful career of nursing. However, I love it. So I find ways to turn stressful situations into not so stressful and I make sure to avoid situations where I”ll be out too late with friends so I won’t get enough sleep. My health is my number one priority and so far it’s been working. Longest I’ve gone is 10months seizure free. Right now I’ll be almost 6 months…hoping to surpass that!

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 I am crossing my fingers for you and hope that will make the 6 months in January! I totally understand you. I also believe it is inevitable to avoid stress. Stress is a part of life. Sometimes, it is just difficult to always have to question yourself how you feel before you can go and do something. I am glad to hear that you have made it to 10 months once. I hope that I will get that far. Happy new year to you! 🙂

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