The journey to my first car

Read along about how I got my first car


Hannah F

1/18/20232 min read

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Anyone that has been diagnosed with Epilepsy knows the struggles that come with driving. For some, driving is unfortunately out of the question but for others, with proper medical intervention (medication/surgeries) they are able to drive safely. For the longest time, I was certain I would never be able to drive, but after years of trial and error, I just bought my first car! The requirements for driving vary from state to state. Some states require you to be seizure free for 6,3,9,12 months, and some have no “seizure free time” at all. Where I live, I had to meet the 6-month seizure-free mark before I could drive. It took over 4 years of trying dozens of different medications, different dosages, etc before my seizures were finally under control. I will never forget the day when I was 16, and I was celebrating the day I made it 6 months seizure-free, and during my celebration, I had a breakthrough seizure.

Even though I had made it such a long time being stable, my 6-month clock started all over again. I could’ve been 20 years seizure-free, and I still would’ve had to give up driving until I could go another 6 months without an episode. Anyways, I recently turned 18, and I have finally been over 6 months seizure free, so my doctor cleared me to drive!

The next step was an in-depth interview with the DMV, where they would ask about my condition and then would decide if I was allowed to drive. Yes, even if your doctor clears you, the DMV can veto their opinion! I was lucky enough to be cleared both by my doctor and the DMV, so I can now get my driver's license! My parents were so ecstatic that I was finally cleared that they were nice enough to buy me my own car (the one in the picture)! Remember, even though it’s tempting to just get in the car and drive when you’re not cleared, it is never worth it. You could hurt yourself and others. It’s never worth the risk! Remember to be safe and always consult with your doctor about your driving concerns!