The unknown can be a very frightening thing because our imaginations tend to run away on us and we start to fear the worst. It's much, much easier to deal with something when it's got a name; when it can be identified. Fortunately, they've assigned a name to Jade's seizures: idiopathic generalized epilepsy with tonic-clonic and myoclonic seizures.
So what the heck does that mean?
- "Epilepsy" is a term that basically means "has had more than one seizure". The word "epilepsy" on its own doesn't really say much because it's not a cause - it's a symptom. It's like a runny nose; it's caused by something else (allergies, a viral infection, crying, laughing suddenly while drinking, etc.). That's why you wouldn't call someone an "epileptic", because it would be like calling them a "runnynose".
- The "tonic-clonic" and "myoclonic" seizures just describe what the seizures look like and how much of the body is involved.
- "Generalized" just means that it's happening on both sides of the brain at the same time, which rules out conditions where only a section of the brain is misfiring.
Doesn't that sound comforting?
OK, maybe it doesn't sound comforting for you, but it does for me. It's comforting because it now means that they know a lot about what it isn't - and some of that "isn't" is pretty nasty stuff. They've been able to rule out a lot of that pretty nasty stuff (though we are still waiting for some test results) and are closer to the realm of "it's not so bad and she'll likely be fine".
So, in this case, giving it a name is almost the same as writing "Terra Incognita", but at least it's better than a big, blank "could be anything".