I was diagnosed only two years ago at the age of 31. I am still learning how to deal with it. I knew nothing about it and I had neither family or friends with it. It is uncontrolled and has been so bad I was having up to 20+ full tonic clonic seizures a day. This has clamed down a little but it is a huge battle. I have only just started to accept that I have it.
My philosophy on life is that I may have epilepsy but it lives with me not the other way round! I don't ask why me, as I will probably never know and it won't change anything. There are so many other people in this world so much worse off than me, this doesn't mean that it is hard going sometimes. Especially for my kids but we get on with it and look to the future, we know that things can only get get better now I have a new Neurologist who knows what he is doing. We laugh and we cry but most of all we stick together as a family and support each other as this is the most important way of dealing with it. Plus we all have learnt about this condition, we can only be a good thing as it rasies more awareness.
I take one day at a time and thank God that I am alive each day as I have way to many close calls but I have too much to do before I plan on going anywhere, I think God would agree with me on that too ;o)