Stressful Careers

An inspiring and intriguing story about a football coach with epilepsy.  The most touching part of the story for me was looking through all the positive messages in the comments section of the article.  Although I didn’t get a chance to read all of them, it still made me hopeful that you can manage an extremely stressful career and your epilepsy at the same time.

Disclaimer:  I did not write this article.  For proper credit see startribune.com.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/219135991.html

According to startribune.com:

“Until last fall, Kill was careful not to use the word epilepsy in interviews, calling his condition a seizure disorder, for fear the stigma could cost him his job.

Then one day in October, a fan ridiculed him over e-mail for staying in the public eye, despite his seizures. The e-mail said, in part, “We’ve got a freak coaching the Minnesota Gophers.”

Kill was furious.

As much as those words stung him, he kept thinking about the children with epilepsy he’d met the previous summer.

“If you’re calling me a freak, what about these kids that go to school and have a seizure? What do kids say about them?” Kill said. “I decided maybe I need to quit hiding. Maybe I need to step up to the plate.”

Kill knew he should say more to educate people about a disorder that affects about 2.8 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So he lashed out at the unnamed e-mailer during a radio show that week, referencing the estimated 54,000 other Minnesotans who have epilepsy.

“I’m not a freak, and neither are they!” he said. “

I know that it takes a lot of strength to stand up for yourself (and others) in the way that he did.   I wish him good luck!

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