By Tusbeeha Kamran Cheema
When I was eight years old, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. My seizures were uncomfortable. My treatment started with medicines but I had to be operated on when I was 11-year-old.
All went well but in the month of Ramadan of the year 2020, I got a seizure again so we found out that my epilepsy was back. I know Allah has a reason for everything that happens so there must be a reason why my epilepsy came back after a big operation. But I’m thankful to Allah that I don’t get a big seizure. It’s just like a very little nausea, so it’s not that bad, my focus is already here. I know it’s a seizure, but because my focus is not gone, we can say that it’s not a full epileptic seizure.
People with epilepsy are one of the smartest people on the earth. We just need more time for our examinations. We can do everything just like people without epilepsy. Epileptic people get higher education. We (people with epilepsy) always have power, strength, and patience. We don’t look back; we look forward to the future. If Allah gave me epilepsy, Allah can take it away too. We epileptic people may be different, but the world needs different people.
If any epileptic person is reading this, I’m just saying you are the strongest person I have ever seen in my life
We need different ideas, different inventions and then we can become masters. I know that many people are afraid of their grades. But hey it’s just a number. Our brain is a big universe with a deep secret. You are so much more than just what you think you are. If someone tells you that you are not good enough, you tell them not only am I good enough, rather I am more than enough. But I feel that, when one person in the family gets epilepsy, it affects the whole family.
Epileptic seizures occur when a group of brain cells is simultaneously activated in an abnormal way, popularly known as brain short-circuiting. In many people with epilepsy, no explanation is found for the condition. This is called epilepsy for unknown reasons.
Epilepsy with unknown causes is most commonly seen in children and there is no detectable damage to the brain that can explain why the symptoms occur. Just because I have epilepsy, it doesn’t mean that I’m going to lay in my bed and cry. I work hard every single day on my dreams. And I know that Allah will not burden a soul beyond that it can bear. I never knew that I would start writing articles, but Allah knew. We will never give up, and we never did. Epilepsy people start with trying, then struggling, and then get it.
One thing I learned while having epilepsy is that you have to respect what you have, and what you got. The second thing I learned was –patience. And the third thing I learned was that a disease does not stop you to do anything if you do not want to stop yourself from doing something. And just because it’s a brain disease it doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything. I will never give up, and I never did. I have played violin for eight years now, and I’m in a big orchestra. Epilepsy people are more than just smart. I know many people love apple iPhones because they are so smart and good, but sometimes the iPhone doesn’t work in a few seconds but it doesn’t mean the iPhone is broken?
It’s just like us epileptic people. Just because we are gone for a few seconds, it doesn’t mean we are broken, and we don’t work. Yesterday was a memory, and tomorrow is a gift for us. Don’t talk about what you are going through, don’t just dream about where you are going, you be it, be about it, and go—- do it. The dream will become reality. Our seizures do not stop us. We have the biggest heart. And if any epileptic person is reading this, I’m just saying you are the strongest person I have ever seen in my life.
Don’t be so sad, I know it’s hard sometimes, stop and take a deep breath, I promise it will be okay. (: