Epilepsy VS. Yaissa Celyne Diaz

Yaissa was diagnosed with petit mal epilepsy at the age of 6, received treatment until the age of 14. Ultimately went away but would have short epileptic episodes once in while that were just staring spells but nothing that worried her. In 2012 she relapsed when she was 44, and then newly diagnosed with grand mal epilepsy.

8th grade/ age 14/ end of treatment since age 6

From 1982 when she discontinued her treatment to 2012 when she relapsed, she lived those 30 years without any worries for tomorrow. In 1986 at the age of 18 she left Cuba to go study in Russia.

While in Russia she studied and traveled to all of its major city's to experience the Russian culture as well as their way of life.
She traveled and partied with old and new friends and recalls trying new foods and drinks. In 1990 she returned to Cuba and left again to Sweden in 1994 to do some more traveling.
After Sweden she went to Spain then returned to Russia. In 1995 she went back to Sweden to travel to the United States. That same year she was married.
In 1997 she had her first child and two years later in 1999 her second was born and the following year in 2000 she remarried.
In 2005 her last child was born and she was diagnosed with diabetes and prescribed Metformin for it ever since.

From 2009 to 2012 Yaissa worked at a casino as a cash control manager. The job required her to work from 8pm to 3am or 5am. This caused her to have lack of sleep and at the time life was extremely stressful. Those factors is what Yaissa theorized triggered her to seizure on November 15th 2012. After that first seizure in 30 years she was diagnosed with grand mal epilepsy.

She was given Keppra to treat her seizures, and had to consult with a neurologist for an EEG that would detect electrical activity in your brain using small, flat metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp.

Between December (2012) and February (2013) she had 3 more seizures because of a medicine change to Divalproex.

December 3rd 2015, Yaissa's doctor changed her Divalproex to a lower dose and this caused her to have another seizure. After they went back to the old dose and decided that it was well controlled. She say's that the drug has many side effects such as anxiety, memory loss, hair loss, hunger, tiredness, easily irritated and bipolar.

Yaissa wanted to include that living with epilepsy is a struggle and having seizures are scary for her and those around her but she wanted to emphasize the fact that "people with epilepsy are not crazy". Even though it is a disturbance in the brains nerve cell activity, people with epilepsy do not have a mental disorder. She always wanted to say that if their is someone who is seizing infront of you, give a helping hand and put the person on their side so the dont suffocate. Finally Yaissa has lived and very full life and will continue to do so until "the stars fall".

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