Laura’s story

Published: March 25 2024
Last updated: March 26 2024

Laura says the loss of independence was a major factor in the way her diagnosis affected her mentally and emotionally.


She felt like she wasn’t given enough communication and information at the start of her journey, and that instantly made her feel isolated.

At the time, I wanted a reason why, even though I know now I can’t have a reason. What I should have had is information, signposting to support or, knowing who I could speak to at least,

Laura has since found a different outlook on life, after using the Epilepsy Action Befriending Service. “I was lucky enough to use the Befriending service, and found it very beneficial.”

Laura became a Befriender a year after her call, she wanted to give back.

"The great thing about the Befriending calls are that a simple action can make such a difference, even just asking how your day is going, it can lead to something new."

With your help, we can help many more people just like Laura.

Epilepsy Action is there to provide that support, to stop people missing out on life. But, we can’t do it without your help.

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“I really enjoy being an EA befriender, I am looking forward to what the future holds in my volunteering journey.”

Laura says connecting in this way has given her the strength to start rebuilding her confidence and independence.

People affected by epilepsy can use our services such as the helpline or Befriending scheme to speak to someone who knows what epilepsy can do, but we can only keep these vital services free thanks to the generous donations we receive.

That’s why we are asking you to consider donating this Purple Day, to help create a world without limits for people with epilepsy.

With your help, every penny will go towards keeping these vital services free.

Together, let’s stop the isolation.

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