Medical Questionares: Is it yes or no?

In medical questionnaires, there is never a “maybe”. There is only a “yes” or a “no”. Those yellow carbon papers, I’ve filled time and time again, always included that one haunting “yes”.

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I didn’t experience dizziness, change in speech, tremors, numbness, loss of strength, etc. My “yes” existed because of my epileptic seizures.

I strongly dislike checking this little box every time I come in for an appointment. I don’t need another reminder of something that has robbed me of my life. I mean, isn’t filling out this form once ever enough?

Yes, I know it isn’t. Things change over the course of time, and not all change is bad. So with a smile on my face, I can finally say this good change has happened to me.

For the first time in forever, the black ink falls on the box labeled “no”.


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This “no” would not have been possible without the love and support I’ve received from all of my family, friends and doctors. I am so lucky to have them in my life, and I take my hat off to them.

And now…

In general, on a regular basis, are you experiencing any of the following life symptoms?

Love – YES
Friendship – YES
Support – YES
Craziness – NO?

I don’t think I’m driving anyone crazy, but if I am, I do have a valid excuse. I had epilepsy surgery and, as a result, now have a hole in my head. Pardon me, if I’m a little bit awkward and weird. :p


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About me? I’m never good at these things, but here are the basics. I’m a journalism and film graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. I'm a dedicated digital content nerd with over eight years of experience in digital content management, content writing, copy editing, and project management. Currently, I'm a staff writer for The American Genius, and I manage my personal blog that advocates for epilepsy awareness. I LOVE to bake! I like to challenge myself to learn new decorating and baking techniques. And although I’d love to say I’ve mastered everything and have never burnt a dessert, it simply isn’t true.

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