Jordan Hinds, Age 20
“When you have a seizure disorder, it’s tough to figure out who you should tell. By telling certain people in your life about your epilepsy, you are helping them out and, more importantly, you are helping yourself. It is your decision, but I told the people around me because they care. I shared information about my epilepsy with friends, teachers, coaches and the school nurse.”
A teacher can help you adjust your schoolwork and with social issues at school. It is good for a teacher to know what to do if there is a seizure during class.
The school nurse should know what type of seizure you have, how often you have them, and if you take any medication. If you are not feeling well before or after a seizure, the nurse can explain why to your teacher.
A coach or activity moderator will understand when your seizures prevent you from participating. They also should know what to do if there is a seizure during their time with you.
An employer also needs to know what to do if there is a seizure during your shift. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, they cannot fire you because of your seizure disorder.
Your best friends care about you and want to help. They can help with school and other issues. A true friend is interested in who you are regardless of your seizures.