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Rachel Searle

I was diagnosed at 18 with epilepsy, I had just passed my driving test and started University. I had Tonic-Clonic seizures having no idea when they were going to happen, I thought it was quite embarrassing, falling and fitting in the street, in the shower and against the radiator initially putting myself in hospital a few times. My driving licence was taken away from me straight away so I was devastated, as I'd only just got a car.
I graduated with my degree 3 years later although I was still having seizures every few months so I couldn't have my licence, this was due to not being able to find the correct meds.
I got accepted for a Masters in Social Work, at first I loved it, until I felt discriminated by professionals. I have been told I wouldn't succeed due to my condition, my driving ability and my epilepsy affecting my memory.
I left to move to London for a management role working for a charity for young people with disabilities, I loved every second of my work here and it has inspired me so much. I have now returned to the North East to complete my MA course and hopefully continue to work for more inspirational charities in the future.
This is the first time in 8 years I have gone a year seizure free and I am so proud and would love to support others going through the struggles I have in the past!
Don't let epilepsy win... be strong... and succeed!

Rachel Searle
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