People think living with a disability is always hard and difficult. However, people don’t get to experience the full life we go through. Yes, battling a disability has its bumpy roads, but it also has its positive roads. For almost 14 years now I’ve been through the good and bad of living with a disability. I want to share with you three reasons why I wouldn’t want to give up my epilepsy life today. I hope you take these and see how having a disability can actually be a good experience.
Having a disability has tested my mental and physical strength to its limits. Anyone going through a battle with a disability knows exactly what I’m talking about. From medical exams to surgeries, it’s mentally and physically draining. As bad as it may get, it has prepared me for so many things in my life. From being on the wrestling mat to my working career. I know that it takes a lot more for someone to break me down than others. I will never back down from anything because I know that my strength and grind from battling epilepsy will carry through anything I do in my life.
Love can be interpreted in many ways. I relate it to epilepsy through my family, friends, doctors, care takers etc. Without my family, I wouldn’t be writing this blog. They have been by my side from day one. Sleepless nights in hospitals, all day doctor visits and some fun trips along the way. It isn’t just my parents and siblings; it has been my entire family. I can’t explain the amount of love they have given me. My friends have been a huge part of my life the last five years. I couldn’t have made it through college without them. I owe all of them big thanks. From spending nights in their dorms because of seizures to rides around town. The doctors and caretakers I’ve worked with have got me to this point in my life. I owe them lots of love for all they have done for me.
The people you fight the battle with create a bigger connection than ever. Love for each person is key, and it shows a sign of thanks for all they have done to this point in your life.
Life is full of surprises. I’ve learned that you can’t worry about the future because you can’t control what’s going to happen. Having a disability creates a sense of faith that is stronger than most. We keep faith every day that something might help cure our disability. We need to take that mindset and apply it to our everyday lives. Keep faith in everything you do, from work to sports. With a little faith and hard work, anything is possible.