Me and Lil Wayne

Big news: it turns out that Lil Wayne’s seizures are due to epilepsy, not his predilection for sizzurp like the media, and anyone who knows anything about Lil Weezy’s lifestyle choices, had reasonably assumed. He recently revealed that he’s  epileptic and thus “prone to seizures,” adding, “this isn’t my isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures. Y’all just never hear about ’em.” The details of his tragic hospitalization and brave coming-out have been detailed by major news outlets, including the National Post and Enstars.

I feel sorry for Mr. Carter, I really do. I have to admit, though, that a little part of me feels happy for myself. Epilepsy is a totally uncool disease; it needs someone like Lil Wayne to boost its celebrity profile. Not that I expect him to headline a Purple Day concert next March or anything, and not that any serious epilepsy foundation would consider making a rap star whose name is heavily associated with drug use and weapon charges the face of its organization, and not that I’ve ever listened to his music, but whatever.

Now that I know that Weezy and I suffer from the same illness, I’m starting to see clear parallels between us. The most compelling so far, besides the fact that we both occasionally ignore the no-alcohol thing (I indulge in a drink or two a week, Lil Wayne, I’m guessing, a few more)? We both work too hard. Lil Wayne’s explanation for his seizures was, I thought, delightfully insightful, self-aware, and undoubtedly over-simplified. In his words: “the reason being for the seizures is just plain old stress, no rest and overworking myself. That’s typical me though.” My husband can attest that my seizures are worse than necessary for exactly the same reasons. Yes, Lil Wayne and I are both workaholics to the detriment of our health. But as Lil Wayne affirms, it’s not our fault; it’s just how we are.

Thanks, Lil Wayne, for making me feel a little bit cooler by association. I return to my endless dissertation and piles of marking a slightly happier woman.

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