Here in the UK today it is Mother’s Day, so I thought I’d write a blog about my mum.
I honestly don’t know where I would be without my Mum. She has been such an important person in my life, like Mums are for so many people.
With regards to my epilepsy diagnosis it did leap into my life. I was young, I had no accidents and there was no family history of epilepsy. So I imagine the day that I had my first seizure must have come as a deep shock to my Mum and my family.
I often hear of how seizures can affect relatives emotionally after witnessing them. I cannot imagine how my family must have felt the first time it happened, with no idea of what was going on or what was going to happen next.
Anytime I had to stay in the hospital my Mum would not leave my side, sleeping in a chair overnight. I would plead for her to go home to have some rest, but she would tell me that she wouldn’t rest at home. At the time, I was about 14-16yrs of age, and thankfully the hospital was admitting me to the children’s ward which was deadly quiet. A few times I had a whole ward to myself. When I was about 17 I was told I had to go on the adult ward which meant my mum had to go home. That ward wasnt quiet!
My mum has been completely selfless like Mums are. When I was in uni, there were a number of times where my health took a downward turn, and before I could say anything my mum had booked the day off work to look after me. She was just there whenever I needed her. And she still is.
My mum also taught me a huge amount of driving, and as I mentioned in a previous blog. As someone with epilepsy I NEVER thought that I would be able to drive. She had infinite patience and would take me out for little lessons after she’d been working a full day. She even booked a day off to take me on my test – which I passed, and she’d bought a card in readiness whether I’d passed or not 🙂
If I want to chat to someone about something that’s troubling me, she’s there,
If I need someone to join me for support at a hospital appointment, she’s there,
If I need anything, she’s there.
Everyone has someone in their lives who is their biggest support. I can proudly say that my mum is my biggest support, and the feelings mutual. She’d do anything for me and I’d do anything for her.
Happy Mothersday to all the Mums with epilepsy and to all the mums supporting their children with epilepsy, and happy PurpleDay too!