Collaboration and Support

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Collaboration and Support

This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™ which will run from November 1 through November 30. Follow along and add comments to posts that inspire you!

The need for support is so important when living with any condition and I am deeply moved by the support and collaboration I see in the epilepsy community. I have had the fortune of attending some events with the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey through the Family Resource Network and I am amazed by the programs they offer, the support they provide to the community and the information they make available to those living with epilepsy or to anyone who is caring for someone with epilepsy.

Additionally, I know a few people who are living with epilepsy and they are some of the most amazing and courageous people I know. Yes, they have struggled with depression as being a teenager with epilepsy is difficult, dating is challenging, completing goals in life can be daunting but they got through it. Determined not to let their condition hold them back, they found support in close friends and family, and charged forward. Now, they are successful adults with fulfilling lives, some of them are married and with children. I couldn't be more proud!

Supporting a friend or loved one with a chronic condition can be as easy as providing encouragement, being there to listen to your friend and talk through issues, helping them take their mind off everything, and simply just being their friend. If you notice that someone is a little down, just take a minute to say hi and ask them about their day. You never know what someone is dealing with on the inside and simply just by being there, you are providing them with support.

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