Living with epilepsy By: Erlinda Mosquera

Marissa Hernandez has been experiencing symptoms of Epilepsy since junior high. She was officially diagnosed at the age of 14 her freshman year of high school. She is now 16 and a Junior at Hillsboro high school.

Although the symptoms that come with epilepsy cause a few hardships it does not define who she is. Marissa is a cousin, a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend, and my best friend.

Epilepsy is a, "a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain." The most difficult thing she thinks comes along with this is that she isn't able to enjoy events such as concerts without the worry of having a seizure even while she's on her medication.

The tool that was used to diagnose Marissa was a machine called an EED. While being tested, they attached a machine to her head that caused her to have a small seizure which allowed them to diagnose her with epilepsy. She uses a prescription to treat her epilepsy.

When being diagnosed the epilepsy Marissa's doctor's told her that after taking her medication on a strict routine there was a chance that she could be taken off of it and try to see if she could be okay without it. However, they also mentioned that it is very highly unlikely that her epilepsy would be fully cured.

One of Marissa's favorite hobbies is softball. She has become quite engaged with it and is even planning to do it when she graduates and goes to a university.

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