This post is special to me for several reasons. I feel that we as women have to be stronger than most give us credit for and because I have a friend whom I have seen struggle with Epilepsy. I have seen her go from a vibrant Mom, Woman, Friend to a woman who was taken to the lowest of lows because of this disease. I now see her happier than she has ever been and learning to deal with the day-to-day issues that she must but happy all the same. It took her a long time to get there though. She lost her marriage, her children, her right to drive, etc. after she was diagnosed with Epilepsy and struggled with severe depression. Now, she is re-buildiner her life to a level better than it ever has been and it is exciting for me to watch as she over-comes the obstacles that had once stood in her way.
As caregivers, we as Moms not only make the lunches and beds, but a majority of the household decisions. However, for women with a disability or who care for someone in their household with a disability, seemingly everyday responsibilities can become hurdles as they deal with diagnoses, treatments, and other issues alongside their daily lives.
On the heels of National Epilepsy Awareness month in November, HealthyWomen.org created the “Women Succeeding with Epilepsy” video series, sponsored by UCB, Inc. The purpose of this video series is to help educate and inspire women dealing with the challenges of living or caring for someone with epilepsy. And trust me, the challenges are GREAT! In the series, one woman tells the story of caring for her son with epilepsy while another woman shares her experience of living with epilepsy since she was a teenager. To find the videos in addition to a tip sheet available for download for supporting either a child or adult with epilepsy, visit: http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/women-succeeding-epilepsy-part2.
” I was provided with a $30 gift card as a thank-you for my time thanks to MomCentral and HealthyWomen.org. All opinions are those of my own”