Living with a lifelong medical condition is like taking on life's twists and turns with an extra load. It's not always easy, but people dealing with this challenge are like everyday heroes. They show us that no matter what life throws at you, there's a way to keep moving forward.
Valeria sits down with Brazilian-American fashion mogul, beauty influencer, and entrepreneur, Camila Coelho.
In this conversation filled with unexpected twists and remarkable resilience, Camila shares her battle with the heavy stigma that often surrounds epilepsy, the restrictions it imposed and her very first seizure at school made her feel incredibly different from her peers. But what truly shines in her story is her unwavering determination. She takes us through the challenging path of managing epilepsy while pursuing her dream of starting a family.
Camila tirelessly advocates for epilepsy awareness and fights against its stigma. This episode is more than just a personal journey; it's a compelling call for change and compassion. It reminds us all to confront prejudices, embrace vulnerability, and find strength in a supportive community.
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What We Talked About:
00:34 “I grew up in a small town, before moving to the US.”
04:51 Diagnosed with epilepsy at 9 years old
10:29 The stigma about epilepsy and the restrictions than come with it
14:23 Feeling different from others, first seizure attack in school
19:59 The medicine can potentially affect the baby during pregnancy
24:17 The process of trying to get pregnant and changing medication
31:26 Other factors that trigger an episode of epilepsy
33:53 Prioritizing health over work
39:36 Did you have periods of burn out
40:57 Epilepsy awareness and ending the stigma
44:46 Is lack of information prominent in the country?
46:13 Talk to someone about about your fears to someone you trust
47:59 Becoming more comfortable with being vulnerable and sharing your insecurities
49:50 Other people who you can share your troubles with