My name is Essence Unique Cheatom. You can call me Unique. I am a 22 year old who suffers from 2 debilitating conditions, Pseudo tumor Cerebri and Epilepsy. But that’s not all I am. Before I became ill I was an active 19 year old who worked 2 jobs and loved going to college. I was preparing for my dreams living life with the man of my dreams. And then the wind got knocked out of my sails. At a normal eye doctors appointment I found out I had fluid and pressure build up on my brain and it was making me slowly go blind.
At that point in my life I knew that I had epilepsy but I only had seizures every few months but this diagnosis drastically changed my life and quickly. After just a few weeks I was legally blind and needing my first brain surgery.
After multiple specialist, medications,seizures and six surgeries later i’m left with a life I don’t so easily recognize so I decided to take it back. Because of my illnesses I can not work or go to school so I have started trying things I would have never tried if I was well. I found a love for gardening, making wigs and I fostered the idea of starting a foundation for people like me who endure illnesses that affect the brain. I also recovered a love that had drifted away WRITING.
Since elementary school I excelled at writing and in English but just going through life I didn’t keep at it. Being at home all day I realized I can help maybe even encourage someone else. That’s where the idea for this blog came. I hope that my stories, my words can help someone who needs it. I want this to be a safe place for people to discuss their issues, ask questions and laugh because sometimes we cry so hard all we really want is to laugh!
I want everyone to know I am not just a writer trying to make someone laugh I am someone who lives, suffers and endures this everyday. Also I am a volunteer Patient advocate. I have taken classes on ways to support you in anyway you need and to answer any questions you may have.
I hope you enjoy this blog and I thank you for reading, laughing and enduring with me.