I've experienced epilepsy since the age of 10. I suffered severe physical side effects but the biggest challenge for me was overcoming epilepsy mentally. Once I was able to conquer that mountain I was able to achieve so much more in every aspect of my life.
When I was 16 my consultant told my mum that it would be advisable if I did not continue onto further study because if would put too much strain on my health, at this time I was having a minimum of 6 seizures a week (that was a good week).
I now lecture in Education and Health and Social Care. I teach my students the importance of supporting students with disabilities and long-term illnesses. I know that I have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of people with epilepsy, so when I include case studies I often use examples relating to students with epilepsy because they are not a group that are usually considered.
My journey hasn't been easy but it has been rewarding.