“Small Seizures”

I am going to rant for a quick minute. I was once at swim practice and I started to have absence seizures. I knew this because I was at a different part of the pool before the seizure. I got out immediately to stay safe. My coach and I have a good relationship. He knows I work hard and only get out if I’m having a seizure. He noticed I was out and came over to talk to me and help me. I went in to an almost 2 minute absence seizure shortly after he got there. He was sitting with me, and another employee for the club came over. She was trying to talk to him, and he told Her I was having a seizure. Her response was, “Oh, like a mini seizure?”

Let me make this as clear as possible: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “SMALL SEIZURE”. I am so disappointed by the amount of times my seizures have been called “good”, “little”, “not so bad”, “mini”, and “small”. No matter what type of seizure you have, it is not small. All types of seizures effect people differently, but one consistent variable is how incredibly scary it is to have them. We don’t have control over our bodies and fear when the next seizure will come. Everyone with epilepsy shares these fears. We are scared, and constantly thinking about our condition, you have no right to call it small. Spend one day in our shoes, and I promise you will never call a seizure small again.

❁ Megan Young

❝Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You’ve never walked in that man’s shoes.❞ – Elvis Presley

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