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Sudden and strangely strong
many shocks flood my body
causing muscles to stiffen
in protest.
Does it hurt?
My mind drowns itself in
electricity without prior warning
causing a myriad of odd seizures. 
Each one different from the 
last; no seizure is the same.
My memory is not impaired,
I remember every one and 
everything around me,
although speech disappears.
People appear scared, not from me
but from what I have – epilepsy.
Many stigmas float around the
condition, many are as false
as the common school rumour.
Still they are believed like an old
wife’s tale.
An unwanted burden,
it limits possibilities, 
still I have it and so bare
its unwanted scars.
My life impounded and unfulfilled,
epilepsy is a curse without
any hope of a cure,
it’s only made controllable
by a blend of concoctions created
by textbook intellect.
Still my body and soul remain my own
regardless of how hard it tries
to take control,
I remain confident and strong.
Dominant as it may be life must
go on and I must continue to grow
and prosper.

Copyright © Leighann Anderson

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  1. Date: 8/19/2011 9:41:00 AM
    Congratulations on the feature. I enjoyed reading your poem and getting a bit of insight into epilepsy. Well written :)

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 1:09:00 AM
    L.A.,, Congratulations on your wonderful poem being featured this week. I'm thrilled to be back here on the soup. Now I have time to check on all of the featured poems of the week. Plus more.. Have yourself a great one,.. always ~p.d.

  1. Date: 8/16/2011 2:20:00 PM
    Many congrats on your featured piece, regards Janette

  1. Date: 8/15/2011 9:17:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Leighann. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 7:10:00 PM
    i really enjoyed this poem as i can relate to the poem due the fact that i also have seizures. best wishes to you.

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 1:05:00 PM
    My husband has an aunt that had epilepsy..There wasn't the meds back then..Good that there is hope through meds today and they also have somethings like an implant that helps some people..I am glad that I stopped by to read this one..Sara

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 9:56:00 AM
    i am so glad you put this here. it means go much because i just finished Emiley Dickensons auto biography. and they did not give a good discription of what you just discribed. i feel for you and have a great admiration that you are able to live past the pains. it is all that we can do. again thank you for a vivid discription of what a small group of us suffer. and by the way there is a cure his name is Jesus

  1. Date: 2/12/2011 12:04:00 PM
    Often people are afraid of others who have disabilities, but your poem is very touching Leighann. Surely, it can't be easy to live with epilepsy. I'm glad there are medications that control the seizures, but I wish society would wake up and realize that such afflictions should garner acceptance, not fear. Very compelling description of the way the disease affects not only you, but those who see you during seizures. Best wishes, Carolyn