Through my years of personal experience with epilepsy, I have had many encounters with friends and loved ones. After my diagnosis with epilepsy I could feel an ever growing distance between my friends and family. I became socially introverted and didn’t know how to tell my friends about my condition. So, for the first month or so, I didn’t tell anybody about it.

One day, I had a tonic-clonic seizure in front of my whole class. Being rushed to the hospital from my school hit me like a freight train, I had to tell people or else they wouldn’t understand.

how do I tell my friends about my epilepsyThe best way to tell friends and classmates is to:

  • First, embrace your condition, if you don’t respect yourself then nobody will respect you either. Be proud, stand tall, your condition doesn’t define you.
  • Secondly, don’t make it a big deal, you don’t want people to treat you any different right? You can bring it up while you’re just chatting with someone, kind of like an “oh yeah!” moment.
  • Lastly, let them ask any questions, if they want to know about how to help, how to act, anything, provide answers for them. The best thing for a person who just found out is to give them some time, let them think it over, then if they have questions, you can provide answers for them to settle their mind.

If you have additional suggestions or would like to share your experiences, you can comment below, or send me an email at teenconnectionefi{at}gmail{dot}com or through the “Contact” Page in the menu bar.

Remember, you are not alone.

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