Academic Probation After A Medical Withdrawal From University? (WTF)

Does that sound fair to you? Has this happened to anyone else? During the fall of 2015, I was diagnosed with epilepsy after having some MAJOR problems. My grades and life were falling apart and I  had no other choice but to take a leave. I went the proper route. I had my doctor confirm what was…

I Hallucinate Smells AKA Phantosmia (Thanks, Epilepsy)

    The smell of spoiled, dirty rags and Brussel sprouts aren't exactly what I enjoy waking up to in the middle of the night or while standing next to someone or in class. I  can't tell most of the time if it's real or not. As defined by the Mayo Clinic, phantosmia is "An…

Depakote Don’t

Let's start with what Depakote is Depakote is an AED (antiepileptic drug) that is used to control seizures. It can also be used to treat myoclonus. Myoclonus is the uncontrollable jerking of your muscles. In my case, I have both conditions. My neurologist and I decided it would be best to stop Vimpat (I will…

Would you wear these stylish seizure detecting devices?

Wearing these devices can save lives! And as someone who has absence seizures frequently, I would like to have some peace of mind when I am on my own. I wear just a normal medical ID bracelet with my condition and allergy stamped on it along with a medical ID app that goes into more…

Endometriosis and How I Fixed It

The Pain Ever since I was 11 years old, I suffered from endometriosis. That is up until a month before my 25th birthday. After having an endometrial cyst leak for two months I had had enough. I broke down on my gynecologist's table after he said, cysts are normal and it will go away. But…

It’s OK To Not Want Children

An explanation There are many people in this world who don't want to be parents, myself included. I have always known that about myself, and I have never wavered in that. Growing up I never played with baby dolls or pretended that my Barbie and Ken dolls were getting married and having a baby. Instead,…