Star Wars (Epilepsy) Lesson #1

Impossible to see, the future is.

– Yoda

Twelve years ago, I was headed to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas to check-in for my first ever EMU (Epilepsy Monitoring Unit) stay. For the next few days, doctors would use video-electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring technology to monitor my brain activity. The end goal — evaluate my seizures and find the best way to treat them.

Months before that, I was a regular college student. Well, as regular as I could be, I was learning new things, making long-lasting friendships, and enjoying life. I had a plan, and things were going swimmingly.

Then just like that, everything went topsy-turvy! And, I was stuck figuring out how this whole seizure and epilepsy thing would fit into my life.

I had a plan. I was going to break out of my shell. I was going to explore the world around me. Most importantly, I was going to grow up and learn to be independent.

But, as Master Jedi Yoda wisely points out, “Impossible to see, the future is.”

So now, I still make plans, but I don’t break apart when they stray off course. I lost a lot of time doing that, and I will no more.


Published by Vero

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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