My name is Laura, I live in Belfast Northern Ireland. Being diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age came with its own challenges, however the numerous other problems I faced coupled with this diagnosis created direr destruction. Firsty, my mum died when I was just 8 years old and being the mother of 8 children, this meant by dad was becoming the primary carer and provider for a large family. Just a short few months later I had my first seizure and at the hospital was told it was a one off. They got progressively worse and I was now having seizures and symptom s every few months if not weeks. This continued for years whilst at the same time I was developing depression. Through high school my epilepsy was met with panic attacks and constant anxiety meaning i was now on both epilepsy medication and anxiety.
I struggled with it for years and it was had to come to terms with the fact I wasn't gaining the same experiences at people my own age. Learning to drive, travel and even attending school regularly became impossible to me. My school attendance one year as as 43% and my grades inevitably suffered.
However I was sure in myself that i wasn't going to give in. My attendance got better, my grades improved and I left school recently with 3 A grade A levels. I have my driving licence and i have recently went on a week long holiday with friends. I also am facing the prospect of living away from home at Uni next year! (All very exciting).
This was all made possible by the fact I am now over two years seizure free. I found that exercising was one of the main aspects that helped defeat my anxiety and the amazing support I had at home has got me this far and i hope to utilize this by eventually become a personal trainer.
My journey has in no means been easy. I still struggle daily to talk about the death of my mother and to tell new people in my life about having epilepsy. However I lead a pretty normal life and without the struggles i faced i wouldnt be the person i am today.
Keep fighting, Keep strong!