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I see myself as a unique learner My epilepsy and the medication to control it made learning an extreme challenge Teachers expected me to meet the challenge of learning to read write and do math but it was like climbing Mt Everest for me The medication slowed me down in my learning speech and seriously affected my balance I consider myself as a unique learner because of my learning style socioeconomic background and diverse needs as well as abilitiesEach persons learning style is different Mine was much more hands-on I was also visual The medications made me have extreme tunnel vision What I was doing or learning had to be right in front of me because of the medication As I got older I went through growth spurts so the doctors kept giving me more and more medications At the age of thirty-three my mother took me to a new doctor and she immediately recognized that I was over-medicated She told my mother that I should be taken off the Dilantin and other things to do for me I was able to drive eventually as a result of this doctors treatment My brain also started to work in the way it should not the way it had been for so many years It took five years for me to learn how to read at a higher level At that point I was able to attend college and become a CNAMy socioeconomic status moved from upper middle class when my parents were together to poverty level when they got divorced I was thirteen at the time When I was younger both parents worked at the post office My mother and father both had graduated from high school When my sister was born my mother quit working I was almost four Life and income were really good When my parents divorced in 1976 we went to the poverty level of income due to my epilepsy
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