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Eve Jamieson

Having had absence seizures since the age of 5, I had my first clonic tonic seizure in school when I was 13, without any warning and I have continued to have them since, although they are well regulated by my medication and remembering to avoid my triggers; stress, heat and tiredness.

At first, I thought my life in the dance world was over and that no-one would want to be my dance partner, for fear of my having seizures.

When dance teachers realised I had Epilepsy, initially, there were some that were frightened to allow me to be in teams, practice etc., however, through determination, I proved that I was as capable as anyone else and just needed to keep them informed if I felt overly hot, tired etc.

I am now competing at Championship level in Ballroom and Latin on the Open Circuit and recently, my partner and I came first in the Champions of Tomorrow 2018, U35 Intermediate, Latin category in Blackpool.

I have had a seizure at a competition; fortunately, after I had finished competing, but I missed out on the winner's demonstration, however, everyone was completely understanding, wished me well and I have continued to compete with no issues from other dancers/teachers/organisers.

My dance partner and his family are so supportive and the teachers always ensure the room is at a comfortable temperature for me, that I drink and eat often and sensibly as well as rest if I am tired. They have also researched Epilepsy and ensured they know what to do if I was to have a seizure and understood my personal needs.

Unfortunately, I am unable to drive, which means, if there are no trains available, my mother has to, more often than not, take me to competitions and lessons, which is frustrating, but I like to think of it as an inconvenience rather than a problem.

I'd like to think that my story will help others to realise that they can continue with their dreams and achieve so much, despite having Epilepsy. Good luck everyone.

Eve

Eve Jamieson
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