Becky’s first seizure happened in February 2018 when her son found her on the bedroom floor. Medical tests came back inconclusive and she was told it was a one- off. Six months later, Becky was driving home from work when she had a seizure behind the wheel. A man in a white van saw what was happening. He swerved in front of her to stop her crashing into oncoming traffic, causing damage to his own vehicle. The woman in the car behind her was a nurse and rushed to give her first aid. Even one of Becky’s friends had spotted her, pulling over to help. Thankfully she was fine and after extensive medical tests, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and began taking epilepsy medication.
She said: “I have never been able to contact the man or the nurse to thank them, despite trying numerous times. I owe my life to them – as well as my 15-year-old son who found and helped me the first time I had a seizure.”
Becky has remained seizure free since taking her epilepsy medication but her life has changed significantly. She said: “I have had to give up my driving licence – life- changing in itself, as I had been driving longer than I hadn’t. I have also had to massively cut down on alcohol as it can interfere with my medication, so I can quite often feel like a party pooper when I go out. But these are small prices to pay to remain seizure-free. I recently did a sponsored boxercise event where I took over the class for an evening – doing boxercise has been my escape since being diagnosed.”
Becky is sharing her story for National Epilepsy Week to help people to understand more about epilepsy and to give them confidence to know what to do to help. “If you see someone having a seizure, the best advice I can give is don’t be scared. Because I can guarantee the person having the seizure will be much more scared when they come round. I know from my own experience how important it is to see a friendly, reassuring face.