In this episode, I’m joined by Marc Hoberman, author of Search and Seizure: Overcoming Illness and Adversity. Marc joins me to share his story of how he has learned to define his struggles and take back control of his life after going through a stressful transition at the age of 16 and then being diagnosed with epilepsy.
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Marc was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16, three months after moving from his childhood home to a new state with his family.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Being diagnosed with epilepsy and being in a new state without many friends made it a very stressful time for Marc. As a result of the epilepsy, Marc had certain limitations in regard to what he could or couldn't do. For instance, he couldn't drive for 6 months and he wasn't allowed to swim alone. In addition, there was a stigma attached to epilepsy at this time so Marc didn't tell anyone about it and, as a result, didn't have a support system to rely on.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Marc developed the mentality that he wouldn't let his illness define him, but rather he would define it. Getting the right treatment to control the epilepsy so that he was no longer having seizures also helped Marc tremendously. Researching and understanding his illness also allowed Marc to feel like he was taking back control.
What Marc does today:
Marc is an English teacher and SAT/ACT Prep Consultant. He is also the owner of a tutoring service.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Marc's Answer: Tell people about what you're going through sooner.
GradeSuccess.com - Marc's tutoring website where you can learn more about his services and find ways to get in touch
MarcHoberman.com - Marc's author website
Search and Seizure: Overcoming Illness and Adversity - Marc's memoir about how he overcame a diagnosis of epilepsy
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