I am married to an epileptic and I have witnessed discrimination in every way shape and form. It first started when I was diagnosed with IDDM (Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus)....Yes, I said Diabetes! I was only 17 and had to explain to friends and family the disease. I\'ll never forget a friend said to me \" Oh no, I hope you don\'t have the disease where you have fits like a freak \". Well, I do seizure when my blood sugar goes below 10. The seizures start out as focal seizures and then lead to grand mal(all related to low blood sugar). The stigma of any disease takes its toll on one\'s self-esteem. I thought I\'d become a nurse and help to educate those who are ignorant. The way I handle it is with HUMOR...I always joke with people and tell them that my husband and I hope that we don\'t ever seizure at the same time. The only time I ever hid my disease is when I was going for a job. My husband had to do the same. We figure it is better to let a boss get to know you and then after a little time passes one must tell ..at least a coworker, manager, or the boss. I find that when I am confronted with an ignorant person...it is an opportunity for me to enlighten them. I find it a challenge.
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