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