Q: Are E people sexual beings?
A: Very much so, just because their brains operate a little differently than everyone else doesn’t mean they don’t have sexual wants and desires.
Q: There were never places like leper colonies for E people.
A: Unfortunately, there were epilepsy colonies that followed the old maxim out of sight, out of mind. People, give us a break, we don’t have epileprosy.
Q: Will smoking marijuana control my seizures?
A: In the words of the world-renowned Patricia E. Penovich, MD, “Smoking it won’t do it, so don’t start. If it did I’d have 5 seizure free patients. It only works in 1 out of 10 (10%) using the cannabis oil and mostly in children.”
Q: Are epilepsy people less intelligent than others?
Here I will tell you of a discussion I had with a woman from Social Services, who I will call, Mary S. The factory I worked at was, in majority, composed of mentally challenged (or the unpopular term, retarded) individuals, and there were also autistic workers there. The director, James Weiss, decided that all the disabled workers needed to have a Social Worker, myself included. The conversation follows:
“You went to Special Ed, had not you?” said Mary S.
“No, I was mainstream educated, I have a high school degree, and not a GED either. I also have a one-year-Associate degree.”
“No you don’t, you’re making things up. You went to Special Ed,” she was so darn sure of herself, it had become extremely irritating.
“You had not been able to have because people who have Epilepsy are stupider than “normal” people,” said Mary S.
My thought was that “normal” people could and were more stupid than people with Epilepsy. There was a saying “ignorance is bliss.” This does not apply to people who are blatantly ignorant like Mary S. Was it so, I’ve met many happy people on my 40-year journey on Epilepsy’s Electric Highway.
I kept my cool, and had not beat the stuffing out of her there and then, much as I’d have liked to. She had not realize it but she’d stepped on a live wire, me. I had write a very detailed letter to her supervisor at Social Services detailing the discrepancies (and there was more) telling them to stay the heck out of my life (although my language was a bit more colorful), and never, ever, to contact me again, or I would contact my lawyer. Government agency interference avoidance is the way I’ve maintained my independence for the past 16 years, the number I’ve lived alone in my own apartment.
Q: Epilepsy should be removed from the Americans with Disabilities Act shouldn’t it?
A: Epilepsy is a disability that effects people the same as being blind or paralyzed and deserves to be listed with the other disabilities in the ADA.