I developed epilepsy when I was 17. One night I randomly had a grand mal seizure in the middle of the night and my family called for paramedics. I was taken to hospital and had another seizure later in the night.
After CT scans they confirmed that I had epilepsy. At that time, I was studying for A-Levels and they thought that it might have been a cause of my seizures. But years on and I still have uncontrolled seizures.
It was confirmed eventually as epilepsy of the temporal lobe.
I've had all sorts of tests from CT scans, MRI scans, flashing lights tests, sleep deprivation tests and even down to a five day stint in hospital where they took away medication to force me to have a seizure, to no successful outcome.
But I'm not going to let epilepsy take control of me. I let it do that for too long when I was first diagnosed, but I've since gone on to teach abroad in Thailand and Taiwan and now I want to be able to help people by working as a nurse.
Never let epilepsy stand in your way, push it down and keep going.