Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

Groundhog Day!

IMG_0209Most of us know Groundhog Day as the event that determines how long we will have to continue to “suffer through” the winter before we are able to see the spring. But I am sure that there are a number of you who are aware of the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray is forced to relive the same day over and over.

I mention this because I was working with a client who came to see me one day with the declaration that “nothing new ever happens”. She would lament to me that she felt that things were boring and constantly stayed the same. For her this had more to do with her epilepsy and the limitations it put upon her then her motivation but either way she felt bad about herself because she was not “doing more.”

I tend to see that happen more and more. There used to be a time when “the same old same old” was a good thing. People were glad to take part in consistent activities and enjoyed the expectations when they played out—but it doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. People seem to think that if they are not always pushing themselves or experiencing new things that they are not living a full life.

I attribute some of this on social media. If people are willing to post about the routine things they do, they are definitely going to post the extraordinary things they do as well. The more we see these images the more we feel that maybe we are not good enough because we are not doing as many “great things.” And no matter how aware we are that the things posted may or not be accurate representations of reality the fact remains that we are all affected.

Living with Epilepsy impacts your life. For some the impact is minimal and they go on without a look back, for others the same is not true. For these patients consistency and “the status quo” can represent a victory in that there are no break-through seizures and their medications are working. Being able to know what the day holds is a wonderful feeling for them because it means that they can make plans and take care of their needs. I hope that if you are one of those people you are able to embrace the routine and view it as a victory over epilepsy!

So maybe the idea of living the same good day over and over again isn’t such a bad thing after all?

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