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Camila Coelho has Epilepsy – and She Won’t Let It Stop Her

Camila Coelho has Epilepsy – and She Won’t Let It Stop Her

Fashion influencer Camila Coelho, who has over 8.6 million followers on Instagram, revealed her biggest secret yesterday: she was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 9, and has been battling in private with the condition ever since.

But Coelho affirms, both in a People Magazine article and an exclusive CBS interview, that she will not let epilepsy stop her from living her dreams. Her biggest fear is that, now that she is ready to have a baby, her epilepsy might affect her pregnancy.

But life most go on. Only hours after posting the epilepsy secret, which was accompanied by her announcement that she is now an ambassador for the Epilepsy Foundation, Coelho appears as glamorous as ever at the New York Fashion Week Oscar de la Renta show. Go Camila, we stand behind you!

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I HAVE EPILEPSY, and I am grateful for my life every single day! In honor of #EpilepsyDay I decided to finally open my heart about living with this condition, after keeping it to myself since I was 9. There are over 50 million people globally living with epilepsy, most of whom live a normal life, so we must break the stigma by talking about it. If you have epilepsy, please know you’re not alone and that YOU CAN BE whoever you want to be in this life! Don’t be ashamed (as I was during my teenage years ) and don’t let it stop you from going after your dreams. I would love to hear your stories!!! 💜🙏🏻 Thank you @cbsthismorning and @drtaranarula for believing in me and helping tell my story. (A link to the interview is on my IG stories – I was very emotional as it is still new for me to talk about it, but I’m so happy to open my heart to all of you)! #epilepsyawareness ————- EU TENHO EPILEPSIA, e sou grato por minha vida todos os dias! Em honra ao Dia da Epilepsia, decidi finalmente abrir meu coração sobre minha condição, depois de manter pra mim mesma desde que eu tinha 9 anos. São mais de 50 milhões de pessoas vivendo com epilepsia, a maioria vivem uma vida normal, então devemos quebrar este estigma e falar sobre o assunto! Se você tem epilepsia, saiba que não está sozinho e que você pode ser tudo que desejas nesta vida! Não tenha vergonha, medo e insegurança (como eu tive na adolescência) e não deixe que isso te impeça de ir atrás dos seus sonhos. É libertador finalemnre falar sobre o assunto e Ouvir a história de vocês será muito especial pra mim! Obrigado @cbsthismorning por acreditar em mim e me ajudar a contar a minha história. (Tem link no stories com o vídeo da CBS – mas vou fazer um vídeo contanto tudo em detalhes)! Estava muito emotiva, ainda é muito novo pra mim falar abertamente sobre o assunto, mas ao mesmo tempo é libertador, e estou muito feliz em abrir meu coração!

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