Kurt Eichenwald was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 18. The New York Times journalist and bestselling author is happy with his life today, but it took him years to come to terms with his diagnosis.
“You can’t let the seizures govern your life. If you do, you might live but you die,” he explained. “You’re constantly walking around with the possibility that you’ll fall. Or the possibility that you could be anywhere, that you could be completely alone, that you could go down in the street.”
Today, Eichenwald’s seizures are well-managed but it took him a long time to find the right doctor and the right medications. He recently wrote a book titled “A Mind Unraveled,” which chronicles his life-long struggle with epilepsy.
“The process of write the book was an extremely brutal experience,” he said. “When everything was at its worst for about a decade, I kept audio diaries. Largely because I needed someone to talk to. For two years, I had to listen to those tapes in preparing this book.”
Despite the emotional toll “A Mind Unraveled” took on Eichenwald, it is ultimately a story of perseverance and hope.
“Even in the face of enormous trauma, we can have the life we want,” he stated.