Hello everyone!

I want to apologize for not being around for a while and let you all know what's been going on.

In September as we were moving to a new house my husband's father passed away.  Earlier, in April, my father had passed away as well.

Just before I joined the Art Colony last year, I experienced my first generalized tonic-clonic seizure (Grand Mal).  We had hoped it was a one time event.  Many people every year have will have an unprovoked seizure and then never have another the rest of their life.  However that was not the case for me.  I have since experienced two more generalized tonic-clonic seizures (the latest being January 5th) and have been diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy.

In learning more about the seizures and Epilepsy in general I have discovered I've been having seizures for years and not even realizing it.  There are over 30 different types of seizures and quite a few are so minor that they can go unnoticed or overlooked.  

Currently I have begun taking an antiepileptic medication.   The downside of this being the medication makes me quite tired/groggy making daily tasks rather difficult at times.  I'm still going through the adjustment period getting used to the medication and other side effects are subsiding thankfully.  I've also added a vitamin B6 supplement daily as it's been proven to lessen the tired/groggy side effect.  I'm hoping that will help out, and after 3 days using B6 I am feeling a bit more energy.

I didn't want you all to think I forgot about you!  It's just that last year became a very long year for multiple reasons. I am hoping that once things settle down a bit and I become used to my medication I'll be able to participate more.

Hugs to you all!
Cat 

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Comment by Anna Manafe on January 26, 2012 at 12:15pm

oh... very sad to hear that.. you gotta be a very tough woman..

wish you all the best in life!

xoxo

Comment by Maureen Craddock on January 26, 2012 at 1:47pm

Cat,so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I wish you all the best in getting yourself better.A big hug goes out to you along with a prayer for good health!

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on January 26, 2012 at 6:12pm

Hi Cat,

It's so nice to hear from you but I'm also very sorry to hear of all you have been through during the past year. Sending you big virtual hugs!

It sounds like you are pulling through and making the best of things.  I hope the epilepsy is something that can be managed.  You seem like a strong, positive person despite what life throws at you.  I guess all we can really do in life is take it one day at a time, and enjoy what we've got!  It's good to hear that the B6 is giving you more energy. 

Thank you for checking in and I look forward to seeing you around TAC as and when you have the time and energy.  Take good care of yourself!

Comment by Jeffrey A. Knight on January 30, 2012 at 11:04am

Wish you the best -- I've been looking for your work -- take care -- prayers are with you.

Comment by Mary Lee Parker on February 17, 2012 at 7:07pm

Dear Cat, I known how you are feeling! because i have then too.  you have good days and bads day too .  my name Marylee my little sister was then too!  yes listen to your body . god bless :0)

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