We fight to improve the lives
of everyone affected by epilepsy

Neil Garratt

I experienced a traumatic brain injury aged 4 with resultant physical symptoms. I was given barbiturates. Until the age of 20 I continued to experience myclonic and generalised physical symptoms; nocturnal and in the daytime. In spite of this I have always been active - cycling and treking including taking part in fund-raising events. I joined the Territorial Army [of which I was mighty proud] but was refused entry as a regular soldier following a 72 hour awake assessment at Queens Military Hospital in Woolwich.
I have always been driven and not been afraid to take on new challenges. However, there have been times when feeling fatigued, experiencing absences and nocturnal physical seizures have acted as a warning to take care of myself.
Since I became a Mental Health Nurse I have realised there is much educating to do amongst "professionals". Last year my GP and I titrated my medication [Levetiracetam and Lamotrigine] which was a high dosage, leading me to feel sedated and unable to function effectively. I also found I have Hippocampal Sclerosis which is a degenerative disease and related to Epilepsy.
There`s a bucket "to do" list on my fridge door now and Im not giving up. The more we talk and share our stories the better for all of us.

Neil Garratt
Add your story

There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment...

Question about your epilepsy?

Your question will be sent to our helpline advisors.

Have a comment about this page?

All comments are reviewed by a moderator before publishing. Comments will be edited or deleted if they are offensive, libellous, slanderous, abusive, commercial or irrelevant.

We ask for your email when you make a comment through this website. This means that we can let you know directly that we have replied to you. By making a comment through the website, you allow us to use the comment in our publicity without using your name. If we would like to use your name, we will email you to get your permission.

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
11 + 7 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.