I had my first seizure about 7 years ago, when I was 21. I was in my last year of university, and it scared my flatmates and me. None of them had seen a seizure before, but luckily they did the right thing. The doctors put it down to a one-off perhaps due to stress.
After leaving uni, I spent some time working with children with special needs, some of whom had epilepsy. The training that I underwent for that job meant that when I started having more seizures - from one a year to 4 in a week - and I was finally diagnosed with it myself 2 years ago, my family and I were already quite well equipped to cope with it.
I was put on medication (Lamotrogine) which has stopped my seizures, and I am now over 2 years seizure free.
I was always very independent before my diagnosis - I travelled to New Zealand by myself when I was 18 - and this summer I wanted to do something by myself again that I wouldn't have been able to do if I was still having seizures. So I decided to walk the Norte route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
The final count? I've walked over 787km, or 490miles, and thanks to my medication I could do it by myself. I had many people calling me brave and strong, but I was just doing something that I wanted to do.
And what's more, I spoke about epilepsy with so many people from different countries whilst I was away - Spain, Portugal, US, UK, Germany, Lithuania, Austria, Peru, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Latvia to name a few - most of whom knew little about epilepsy and had many questions! And I hope each one will go back home and share their knowledge with others - and that I showed them that although epilepsy can be scary, we should not be scared of people with epilepsy, and people with epilepsy should not be scared to do great things!