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My epilepsy turns 10!

Today is a big day! Today, I turn 17, and my epilepsy diagnosis turns 10. So much has happened recently, and I can't believe how far I've come. It's unbelievable that I'm already 17, why am I so old?? It feels like just yesterday I was turning 16 and being all grumpy about being unable to drive. Bouncing off of that: Guess what!! On Wednesday, I got my learner's permit! I'm officially a driver (with supervision). This was a HUGE step for me, and my whole experience was a fun story. I've been scared of the DMV since my first incident when the worker made me cry after telling 15-year-old me that I couldn't get my license. I was hoping for a smooth experience, but that's impossible. My written exam expired, and I had to retake it without studying! I barely passed, but I pulled it off. Driving has been so exciting, and it makes me feel independent. Another thing I mentioned earlier is that my epilepsy diagnosis is officially 10 years old today. I didn't know till a little while ago that me and my epilepsy shared a birthday. Thinking it's been 10 years is hard to imagine; I honestly feel like it's been my whole life. My journey has been filled with ups and downs. Another celebration: I'm 6 months seizure-free for the first time in my life! Just this single day shows how much in life we have to celebrate. I'm so happy with how far I've come, and I like to think that 17 will be my best year yet! I'm excited to have an unforgettable summer and an awesome senior year! If I make it past my crazy junior year finals

-- Sofi <3

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