Epilepsy Made Me Stronger

Andreina Perez is sharing her eJourney about how epilepsy made her stronger
By
Andreina Perez
Person with Epilepsy
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

My name is Andreina Perez, and I am a 27-year-old Venezuelan living in Los Angeles working as a filmmaker. I was first diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 14. After my fifth seizure, I spent four years without seizures, but then in 2015, I had another seizure.

When I was 13 years old, I was very depressed. My family was broken, and I was being bullied at school. I had no one to talk to and even my family would judge me. I felt lonely and took sleeping pills to end my life, but I woke up the day after. I was dazed, confused, and fainted. After that, I had my first seizure and I woke up three days later at the hospital.

Since then, living with epilepsy has brought on many challenges, especially with employment. I applied for a job in 2015 and while I passed the first interview, I had a seizure during the second one. I did not get the job. Months later, I had another interview at another company and had a seizure, so I did not get that job either. As a result, I started hiding my epilepsy.

Eventually, I realized talking about my epilepsy is important, so I began talking openly about it. Having a seizure is very emotional for me, and now, it is a reminder that I need to work on my inner obstacles, especially my stress at work.

Learning about my seizure triggers and how to address them has made me a stronger person, and now I work to share my story to hopefully help other people who are living with the challenges of epilepsy.

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