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How Important is Music?

How Important is Music?

I believe that music is an important part of everyone’s life.

I sometimes wonder how many of us really acknowledge how important music is to us.

When you think about it, everyone likes some form of music. It doesn’t matter who you are or what mood you’re in, there is always a song for you.

Whoever you meet there is always a genre of music that they adore and I always love finding out what type of music they enjoy listening to.

Whatever music you like I am confident there have been times where you have heard your favourite song and turned it up, and found yourself feeling instantly happier, or stumbled across an old song and been hit with a rush of nostalgia.

I love all the varying feelings that music can instigate.

Do many of us really appreciate the amazing ability that music has?

Music is a part of our daily life and I wonder how many people realise its power and importance? One song can have the ability to reach millions of people and music can change and lift people’s spirits and alter their lives. I have witnessed older members of the community overcome loneliness purely through music groups, and I have seen people of all ages and backgrounds come together due to having the same enthusiasm over a band. Music can benefit and unite so many people.

It’s such a wonderful feeling when you hear a song with perhaps an incredible melody, moving harmonies, or lyrics that seem to personally speak to you.

Many of us will have a favourite song that we will never tire of, that either connects to us emotionally or lifts our spirits. Mine is, Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen. Its one of those songs that makes me happier, I’ve listened to it countless times and I still love it. A few years ago I was shopping, and they were playing that very song, I was miming away to the song and looked up to see everyone else, all age ranges doing exactly the same. (I knew that song was good.) I have never witnessed anything like this before or since. I guess it goes to show that songs don’t have to be brand new to connect audiences, it doesn’t matter when they were written, some will have the ability to connect with a wide range of people.

How has music helped me?

I am constantly drawn to music and when I need a bit of escapism, music is the perfect solution. I am confident that many other people will be the same. I am the type of person who will listen to every genre of music and finds it hard to choose a favourite style or artist, I like nearly everything.

I think with having epilepsy, I will do anything that can help keep stress and anxiety reduced, and for me music is ideal.

When I was a teenager, I also studied music. Being recently diagnosed with epilepsy, this was something good to focus on and I ended up learning to play four instruments. This sounds impressive but they are all woodwind instruments which are very similar to each other, they are; clarinet, saxophone, flute and oboe.

I would always recommend someone to learn music as I have enjoyed it so much. Perhaps if you have a child with epilepsy and want them to have a hobby, I would suggest music lessons as not only does it help develop abilities in maths and social skills, but it also builds on confidence skills in a non-strenuous or competitive way. I enjoyed music so much that it is still a great part of my life today.

Would you consider music to be an important part of your life?

Thanks for reading!

Becky 🙂

 

 

 

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Am I Limited?

Am I Limited?

Does epilepsy bring limitations to your life?

When you’re diagnosed with epilepsy your world as you know it quickly alters around you. Things that you were once fully capable of doing, (and still are) have now become a huge risk to your welfare and have to be taken seriously.

When I was first diagnosed in my early teens – a time for expanding your independence, I found that my freedom was being hacked away.  When you’re now being told that people have to be around you more often, and you have to keep the bathroom door unlocked I can remember feeling miserable. I wanted to be an independent person who didn’t have to fear other people walking in on me in the shower!

My family were excellent, they could see, that not only did I not want my epilepsy to place boundaries on my life, but they also knew that I had a mild form of epilepsy that didn’t require intense monitoring.

I still perused many of the things that I did before I had epilepsy. While I was in school I even travelled abroad twice with various trips. From my parents perspective I understand that this must have been huge for them as I was only recently diagnosed.

Today, having epilepsy can be difficult sometimes as I am a fiercely independent person who is also a bit of an introvert likes my alone time. As a teenager I never thought that this would be possible, to be able to live an independent lifestyle and have plenty of time just for myself.

I also love to travel and I have now travelled as far as Australia. By the way it is an amazing country and I would recommend everyone to go!

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Sydney Opera House, Australia

I don’t believe for one moment that epilepsy has put limits or boundaries on my life or how I live. If you have uncontrolled epilepsy that can be unpredictable then I can understand that there is fear and anxiety attached to certain elements of day-to-day activities. But you cannot live in fear, you have to do all the things in life that you love to do or hope to do.  

Thanks for reading!

Becky 🙂

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The Anxiety of Epilepsy

The Anxiety of Epilepsy

In my last blog I mentioned the anxiety that’s attached to epilepsy. This is a very natural thing that everyone with epilepsy will feel. The uncertain feeling whether something bad is going to happen.

Being invited somewhere or wanting to make plans, but due to feeling unwell or uncertain about things you suddenly cancel everything thinking it’s better to be safe than sorry.

For me, I’ve suffered with auras sometimes weeks before a seizure would eventually happen. The moment a tiny one would happen I would worry and panic, and stay in the house…just in case.

As you can imagine, this did great things for my social life, and many times no serious seizures ever occurred. But I noticed that the more I worried over my auras the more intense they would become.

I decided to record in a diary every time I had an aura. I also noted how I was feeling at the time. If I was tired, stressed etc.  When I looked back over the weeks and months I realised I could explain why every aura might have occurred.

I made sure I avoided stressful situations (when possible), I would make sure I had plenty of sleep, I started drinking more water, eating healthier and taking better care of myself in general all in a bid for better health.

When auras appeared, I would realise, ‘oh, I’m tired,’ and get some sleep asap. But the most important thing I saw was that the knot in my stomach that I had always experienced, had now disappeared when I suffered an aura. And not only that but week on week my auras were declining as my medication began to work for me.

On reflection I wonder that for me those initial few auras were causing me to panic, producing excess adrenaline – which your body doesn’t need at that time, exasperating the situation.

I have found remaining calm /removing the anxiety to be extremely helpful on my journey through epilepsy.

Becky