A Submitted Story: Karima Panjwani

Everyone has always known me as the “epileptic” because of my ability to embrace my disability. From conferences, to commercials, to newspapers, to jobs – I’ve done it all and continue to help others come out of their shadow.

As a child growing up with epilepsy, my mother always told me never to tell anyone. When I did, it caused MANY misunderstandings. I recall of one boy who would fake seizures; I simply ignored the issue. People saw me as “diseased” and I was referred to as the “epileptic”. It was not until high school where I started self-advocating; I wanted others to be educated so I came out of my shadow.