Treating My Epilepsy: Taking Advantage of Clinical Trials
It starts with a bad headache and a wave of nausea. I feel like I’m going to throw up, but never actually do. If someone is around me, I’ll ask them to say or do something to distract me. Sometimes, it works. Other times, it doesn’t, and I lose all awareness of what’s going on around me and I’m having a seizure.
My seizures aren’t the full-body convulsions you see in movies. I usually go silent, and stare off into space for a few seconds. Other times, I’ll be talking, but what I’m saying doesn’t make any sense. I basically lose consciousness for the duration of the seizure, though to those around me, I seem wide awake. After 30 to 60 seconds, it’s over.
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