From a young age, I have been passionate in helping others. I have taken time to volunteer for many charities. After using Epilepsy Action for information and support, I have seen how active they are in spreading awareness and helping others, I understand how many people the charity has and will impact and help in so many ways. Wanting to be involved with the charity, five years ago I became a trained accredited volunteer for Epilepsy Action. Working with the charity by presenting at conferences, running training days and local charity events.
Living with epilepsy I have experienced many of the psychological impacts such as isolation and anxiety to the physical pain and limitations it can cause, also, how much epilepsy is misunderstood. Diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of seven, now twenty-six, my seizures are still uncontrolled. Through many challenges, I have comfort knowing what help is available and the benefits of Epilepsy Action as well as the support I have from those close to me.
From 2015-2017 I was at university studying a degree in sociology and counselling. Whilst there, I created an epilepsy society. This involved giving students a chance to talk to others in similar situations and running awareness and training events. I was then elected onto the student council as the visible and invisible disability rep. I truly enjoyed my time at university thrilled with what I achieved and grateful to have a chance to live independently. However, due to my epilepsy I was unable to complete the degree. Times like this, although hard, have given me more passion to help raise awareness and show people what support is out there.
I am proud to be a member of the council for Epilepsy Action and am keen to help the charity to help others in the best way they can. My main aims are to spread awareness and to work on the amount and quality of support available for those with epilepsy, particularly within the areas of education and employment.