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I did it for my epilepsy

I had retrieved into a cocoon for far too long, constantly worried about my next seizure, if it would happen in public or if it would kill me.

Joining the #beginnertomtkenya program meant that I was putting myself out there — into the public and into the woods, where help might have taken long to come my way. But I did it anyway.

While I have gotten much better over the years, I have continued hiding my epilepsy for so long and refused to accept it. Even now that I have seizures only a few times a year, I still wouldn’t dare to face strangers who saw me in that state.

By walking this journey, I hoped to conquer my fears — to be more carefree and enjoy the outdoors. I knew the high altitude and inadequate sleep, coupled with the long walks during the day, might trigger seizures. Yet, I did it anyway.

I did not get to Point Lenana, but I saw the most beautiful sunrise I have seen all my life — shortly before slipping into a seizure. I do not remember most of what happened on my way down and throughout the day at the camp; I slept 18 hours straight after that.

However, I am thankful to the Outdoorer team for allowing me to walk this journey in the quest to conquer my fears. I am more confident now than I was before.

I only had about 20 minutes left to get to Point Lenana. I will go back and complete the journey someday. For now, I continue conquering myself, one hike at a time.

1 thought on “I did it for my epilepsy”

  1. Wow this is very inspirational. Keep walking, nature has more to offer. The greatest fear is always in our minds. Quite encouraging that you took a bold step to face yours.

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