LIVING WITH EPILEPSY:
AND EMBRACING DIFFERENCE
Donna has been journaling her experiences living with the consequences of brain trauma and all that comes with it. Seizures have had a large impact on her life since being assaulted back in April 2014. She hadn't experienced them before that date. Having been told they were due to her psychological reaction to trauma, to her talking therapies and were part of her PTSD in relation to remembering parts of her attack, Donna was told that her 'episodes' would eventually go. Several neurologists were responsible for this advice.
They were terribly wrong.
Now with a diagnosis of epilepsy Donna shares her story, and more importantly, her knowledge on this much misunderstood disease of the brain.
Her new book "LIVING WITH EPILEPSY: And Embracing Difference" will be out soon.
Donna has written about many subjects in her book, one that she gets asked about on a regular basis is 'fatigue' and she hopes this insight is helpful for those who suffer it.
Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. It is an overwhelming urge to sleep that doesn’t necessarily feel quenched by it. Oftentimes fatigue is accompanied by depression, lack of concentration or the ability to focus.
Having epilepsy means you are more likely to be affected by fatigue than others, due to several factors. Seizures and the effect of epilepsy medications can disrupt sleep which makes fatigue more likely. Some epilepsy medications can also cause depression.
Fatigue doesn't only affect epileptics. Think of the brain as an epicentre for all we do, every breath we take, all movement and every thought. When it is damaged in any way-received trauma, perhaps through stroke or brain tumour-it takes time to heal. Exhaustion comes easy and it takes longer for the tiredness to disappear. We need to be kind to ourselves and allow that rest.
There are ways to manage fatigue and general tiredness, which begins by speaking with your doctor who can suggest ways to help. In the meantime, eating regular healthy meals with healthy snacks between can boost your energy levels. Staying active also helps over time. There has been extensive research into the effectiveness of talking therapies in relation to fatigue, which has been deemed helpful in its resolution.
Drinking excessive caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, cola and energy drinks) often make it more difficult to have a peaceful night’s sleep. The same applies to alcoholic drinks. This would make you feel more tired in the morning. Many epilepsy medication labels advise staying away from alcohol altogether.
It is essential to have a good sleep routine. By following a relaxing bedtime routine where you go to bed and get up at the same time each day, should help train your brain when it should be sleeping and waking up.
HOW TO BREAK BEYOND LIMITATIONS
Everyone has a right to thrive, including you.
Are you being controlled by your own limitations? Then this book is for you.
Mental health complexities set limits on the goals we are prepared to set ourselves. This book provides understanding on how our thought processes control our well-being: whether our limitations have been caused through the result of trauma, depression or other circumstances it provides a way forward for anyone wanting to break free from the limitations holding them back. Thorough goal setting and by connecting your mind and heart you can achieve freedom to live the life you deserve.
You deserve to thrive.
"Donna has done an amazing job explaining the various mental health issues, and various ways that they an be overcome"
"If, like me, you have been through some rough times and ended up in counselling, then I strongly recommend that you read through this book"