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Fiona

I joined the military in 2007. My first 'posting' after training involved night shifts. These were 'sleeping shifts', so I could sleep at work, working when called upon. During this time I would often wake up with injuries, black eyes and bruises. My colleagues told me I would jerk around in my sleep and even walk around. I was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months after, in December 2008. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed for 12 months. During this time my seizures continued, with various medical theories such as reaction to anti sickness drugs.

Sleep epilepsy was finally diagnosed in 2009 and I began taking Keppra. My seizures lessened but didn't stop and I suffered anxiety. I was slowly weaned off Keppra and onto Lamotrigine. I have been on this since then and have had no more seizures.

My cancer returned in 2013 and I had a double mastectomy. I have been cancer free since then.

My epilepsy has held me back, I can only work whilst supervised and can't work outside the UK, which means I can't fight for my country, whilst I can still provide support.

Sometimes I get frustrated but I consider my self fortunate that I am now healthy and have no more seizures.

My journey has been hard but for all those struggling there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Fiona
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