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Did Your Epilepsy Cause Career (plans) Change?

Did Your Epilepsy Cause Career (plans) Change?

Did any of you have to make a career change or change your career plans because of your epilepsy? If so, what were you doing (planning to do)? And what did you change it to? Are you content/happy with the change?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I tought my manager and coworkers what to do & what to look for if someone is having a seizure (me) what I know they know

posted 18 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My career goal is to be a K-12 district art teacher. I'm working on my career, I have a A.S. degree in Art and a B.S. degree in Art Ed. I believe the road will be slow for me and challenging, but I take it one step at a time. I worked as a teachers aide with Pre-K students for 2 yrs, and now I'm a substitute teacher and substitute aide at various school districts. I slowly get the districts attention on how reliable and hardworking I am and then I applied for a full time district job as a district aide. I was so close of the district hiring me since they were training me.Then this coronavirus pandemic happened and now the district hiring process is delayed to next school year.

posted 16 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I’m a Sunday school teacher and I realized epilepsy will help me in youth ministry. So I’m going to college for that. I was going to be a kindergarten teacher.

posted 17 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

What a quindence yesterday I found out I have to do handle the inventory & putting away our supplies I am not supposed to move heavy boxes because my shunt can possibly stretch and bust the heeled insition scar on my stomach my mom told them to not have handle the inventory

posted 19 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Yes many times. When i was in high school I started researching what is the product everyone needs? Came to the conclusion that they were books and magazines. So i got into the printing business. Ran printing presses until i had a seizure with a press i was running. That ended that vision. At that time businesses were making a change to using more computers. So i began to take courses with computers. Then got into a company that made laptops for network diagnosis to figure out problems on the network. Then began to have more seizures and had to be let go. Which leads me to my current position out of work. I am content that i was able to learn enough to keep a job. But the average businesses out there are not designed to even think about working with those of us who have disabilities much less epilepsy. Which brings us to the next stress level. Applying for a job, should i tell the company i have epilepsy and be rejected, or only tell them on a need to know basis when it happens? It is a tough and stressful decision that will bother you during the whole time you are with the organization. So you will have to make sure your career is comfortable and safe for you because in any job there will be stress. And for some of us stress causes triggers which leads to seizures. Also the company is comfortable with someone who has such a disability as epilepsy.

edited, originally posted 19 days ago
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