Nearly a year…

It has been an intense week-with working on the farm, visiting a school for a training, attending class, and commuting on the bus. My body reminded me I needed to slow down. I had an episode Wednesday evening while preparing dinner. Thankfully, I’ve come to recognize the signs of an impending seizure (called an aura) and I sat down in a safe position and practiced the grounding technique my doctor taught me, which is why I think, when I did start convulsing, it did not last very long. This episode however, has left me exhausted, longer than usual, and so I’ve had to cut back on certain activities and take more frequent rests. I was only fifteen days away from making it to a year of being seizure-free. Still, with everything that has happened in my life this past year, having only one major episode in about a year’s time is worth celebrating and expressing gratitude for.

So does this episode mean I give up pursuing my dreams and living the life I’ve envisioned? Nope, it just means I take the time to re-examine my needs and adjust my priorities so that I feel energized and balanced, and this includes getting adequate sleep. For this mindfulness that the seizures have led me to practice, I am grateful.

This marks my 30th post friends. I will now commit to writing one post per week. Thank you for following me thus far. I look forward to sharing my leap of faith as it unfolds here in Hawaii and to continue making meaningful connections with you because there is love in that, and with love comes the energy that sustains, heals, and hopes.

With Love,                                                                                                                                            Magaly

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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