Sharing My Story to Overcome My Fears

LaQuida has faced many challenges living with epilepsy like living in fear
LaQuida Jackson
Person with Epilepsy
Monday, November 22, 2021

My name is LaQuida Jackson, I am 36 years old, and I have epilepsy. I was born prematurely at six months and weighed 1 pound and 15 ounces. I was diagnosed with colpocephaly, which is an inherited brain abnormality and malformation. I also have mild cerebral palsy. I had to stay in the hospital for two months to be fully developed and reach a higher weight before I was brought home.

Growing up, I was placed in a special learning program at school. I always struggled when it came to keeping up with the other kids and I worked differently and at a slower pace in school. However, I did my best to deal with my learning disability and received help from my teachers.

I passed the program with a C average, but I have a math disability called dyscalculia. I have trouble multi-tasking too, so things like driving are difficult for me.

In 2007, I lost my grandmother, and then I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I was 22 years old, and I was scared, baffled, and bitter. I was put on medication to help control my seizures.

Since then, I have worked hard to obtain employment, but it is so difficult with my disability and some people just do not understand what I have been through and continue to go through.

I struggle with the side effects of my medication, and sometimes forgetfulness and comprehension. However, the biggest challenge I have faced with epilepsy is living in fear.

I overcame my fear by having the courage to share my story and enjoy my life. Sharing my journey has given me a voice and helped me to spread awareness about epilepsy.

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Reviewed by: 
Sara Wyen

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