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of everyone affected by epilepsy

Emma Selwood

My greatest achievement is a happy family. I was diagnosed with epilepsy after having a foramen magnum decompression surgery for a chiari 1 malformation in March 2010. Tonic Clonic and Absent Seizures. It's not a side effect my Neurosurgeon has ever seen happen before, so we were all taken by surprise. I immediatly got put on different meds, obviously, and eventually these were changed to less 'dangerous' ones. Trouble was, I was allergic to Lamotragine, so got put on something else, for the life of me I can't remember it's name. Come Oct 2010 I wasn't well, and I said "If I didn't know better, I'd say I was pregnant", but left it at that. 2 weeks later I was still ill. So I bought a pregnancy test and it was negative, fabulous! I already have 3 kids, an implant, just had brain surgery and now epilepsy, a baby was the last thing on my mind. Another week went, still really ill, so bought a more expensive test, which said I WAS pregnant :s I called the GP. He arranged a scan for Nov 11th. We went in, the lady asked "are you trying for a baby?" Obviously we said no, why? "Well, both heartbeats are strong and fine!". Omg, twins ! So my mountain is, after brain surgery, epilepsy diagnosis, and 3 kids, I gave birth to twins on 3rd June 2011, 5wks 4days early. 12days in NICU. They are beautiful, unidentical, boy and girl. Best wishes, Emma

Emma Selwood
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