Government and Epilepsy

There was a time I was a through & through Libertarian (with that capital L). I felt that less government is more government, and our nations was founded on the idea that we should not have our Federal Government in our day to day lives. In a lot of ways, I’m still right there. I want to believe that we would do well without unemployment, Medicaid, Food Stamps… That charity could fill the place of our government.

I don’t know that I truly believe this anymore. My last job (a government job), I had an uphill battle trying to make people understand that I wasn’t mentally insane, and that I DID really need help. Between the ADA, EEOC and threat of lawyers I finally got them to give me some much needed help. Then, less than 6mos over it started all over without cause. They didn’t say it was a review, they told me should I not agree with no help from them they would make me a receptionist.

I’m a college educated woman, with lots of experience as a social servant. I want to help people. I want to make their lives better. Unfortunately, without the government stepping in with acts, and laws I wouldn’t be able to do that through any job. With the job market the way it is, should I not be protected under the ADA & EEOC, I would not be hired, or fired as a person who “couldn’t do their job as described”. Think about it, if you owned a business and you had two choices, both equal in every every way except for one cannot a) drive b) function if med changes happen c) be mentally/physically present constantly due to seizures. Which one would YOU keep/hire? It sure as heck wouldn’t be seizure girl.

So without the ADA & EEOC I wouldn’t be able to work. With less government I wouldn’t have SSA Disability to turn to, and then where would I be? I’d be living with my parents with no way to help support myself. I would be a burden. My condition is heart breaking enough, why would I want to burden them further?

Not to mention without the hope of the NIH case study, surgery would be off the table. Their research is one of the main driving forces of Epilepsy research. Can we really say, given the statistics of giving vs people with the disorder we’d be SOL in a bad way. The NIH is a life saver when it comes to those of us with Epilepsy.

Some say I can turn to charity. The fact is charitable giving is hardest hit when the economy is down. It’s like pulling teeth to get people to donate even the smallest of things. I’m lucky to have some friends & readers that would do anything to help me raise money, but without them I’d be nothing. Again, it goes back to being a burden. I *CAN* work. I do work, everyday, but instead I would likely be sent to the back of the line, begging for work, and meds. What a bad combination.

Government and politics will always play a huge role in my life. I love to see how our world can twist and turn based on the momentum of humans. We really can change the world should we just try. So as election day comes up (in Epilepsy Awareness month no less), really consider what government does, and what you want it to do. I’m learning over time what I want my government to do for me, but what about you?

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