Faces of the Foundation: Ted
How I Champion My Health With Epilepsy
By Ted Hardaway
When I was twelve, I experienced a grand-mal seizure that for me and my parents was extremely scary and concerning. Over the course of years, I saw neurology physicians and underwent testing to see what was the cause of the seizure.
It was determined that I had seizure-like activity in my brain and that I would be on medications for life. This was something that I would have to deal with.
Fast forward to 2018 I became a strong champion of my health and lost a total of 65 pounds by my own choice. This was accomplished by healthy eating and improving bad habits. I closely looked at all areas of my life.
When it came to having epilepsy I closely looked at my sleeping and my medications. When I experienced seizures they occurred at night while I was asleep. With sleep being one of the areas I needed to improve on.
I wanted to know how much rest I needed to make sure I received nightly. Also, I wanted to know were there any other things I needed to make sure I do.
After receiving information from my current physician, I made the necessary adjustments to my sleep routine and times for bed. Having a different outlook on my health helped me to hold myself accountable even more to make the changes needed.
I made sure that I took my medication as precribed and made sure not to miss taking it. My mindset is to be a champion of my health in all areas. I have been blessed to be able to get the best care for this area.
Currently, I have not had a seizure in years, and overall I feel amazing. I am glad I improved all areas of my life and became and a champion of my health. I encourage anyone that has epilepsy to be a champion of your health and seek helpful resources that will assist with management of epilepsy.