Dings tells the story of a family's dramatic clinical and emotional journey as they try to understand why their third-grader is failing school. They assume that his problems stem from anxiety and stress because Dad is serving in the US military in Iraq. The child's blackouts are finally identified by a neurologist's evaluation, and the cause is epilepsy! The parents are devastated. Will Conner ever be able to live a normal life?
Living with epilepsy myself Dings really resinates with me, but much more than that I believe it is an incredible insight into what it’s like from a parents point of view, Coming to terms with what is often an extremely difficult diagnose & certainly a challenging condition to live with from a sufferers perspective but just as much for those who care for & support that person.
Although epilepsy is not the nicest subject in the world to talk about , it is one subject that definitely should be spoken about more.
Especially when it comes to tackling the stigma, the huge misconceptions & misunderstandings that come with it.
Also there over are 40 different types of seizure/ epilepsy but when you mention or say epilepsy to someone the common assumption & perception is that it’s only Tonic Clonic/ grand Mal. People are quick to jump to the stereotype of falling on floor, shaking & flailing around all over the place, foaming at the mouth, swallowing your tongue, always wetting yourself & being unable to control your bladder too, eyes rolling around in your head....
When some of this is often true but some is complete fiction or unrealistic over dramatisation from movies & TV shows. There is no such thing as a typical seizure because every seizure is different even in a small way, just like if you come across two people who have the same type of epilepsy & seizure their seizures are highly unlikely to be identical as every person is different and seizures are often impacted by so many factors.
I find Dings to be a great book, it’s light hearted, explains a difficult subject in a new and relatable way for so many. I would highly recommend it.