The first thing I remember is waking up, surrounded by my mum and a paramedic. I didn’t know what had happened. I couldn’t recognise my mum and I was scared. I looked at the paramedic hugged her and cried because I was afraid. My mum kept saying my name but I just didn’t recognise her. I was taken to the hospital where they said it was a seizure. I was 18.
I had another seizure and by this point I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I was absolutely mortified. I kept saying to myself that you had to be born with it, you can’t possibly be diagnosed as an adult!? My life changed. I couldn’t leave the house without having a seizure at college, public places, friends’ houses... everywhere. After numerous injuries (including third degree burns from a radiator) I had a fear of doing absolutely anything. I wanted a change.
I went back to college when I was 20 to do an access course. I had seizures along the way but I never gave up! After that I went to university to study nursing. It wasn’t easy and I had my battles but I came out the other side. I have my degree now at the age of 24. I am a nurse and I work in my absolute dream area of nursing!
I’m no longer ashamed of having epilepsy. It is part of me and although sometimes it’s tough, it will never become all of me. Don’t let epilepsy stop you from chasing your dreams. Don’t let epilepsy win! Sending all my love to those out there either with epilepsy or to a family/friend who’s loved one has epilepsy.