I started off having seizures at 15 years old; I didn’t know what they were at first and neither did my local GP until he referred me to a neurologist at Stepping Hill hospital.
My seizures then only affected the right side of my body so I left doctors and neurologist confused till I was transferred to Salford Royal at 18 when I was officially diagnosed with epilepsy.
At first I was confused; I didn’t know what epilepsy was but then I became scared, I felt hopeless, I felt like I was a burden on my family and friends then I felt like I was being judged by the public. I had a tonic-clonic seizure when I was 18 in my sleep.
I am 28 now and have had multiple test to see if I was a candidate for a brain op but my epilepsy is being triggered from multiple areas of my brain but mainly the frontal lobe.
In the 13 years I’ve had epilepsy my seizures are constant but I’ve learnt over the years that I’m fighting my battle the hardest I can and not to be scared of them.
I stream as a hobby and side job on twitch as it is the only job I can do for my safety and this has helped me open up to people and bring more awareness to epilepsy to people that don’t know much if anything about it. I stream gaming videos on my stream channel With some American friends and recently I went 9 weeks without a seizure. It the longest I’ve gone seizure free and I’m proud of myself.
To anyone that has been diagnosed in the last year or recently diagnosed, you can still live a normal and happy life with epilepsy, you can also win your continuous battles with epilepsy and believe in yourself to get through each seizure 💜💜💜