I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in May 2016, at the age of 20 years old. I was in my second year of University, I remember walking to a friends house, and the next thing I knew I was lying in the middle of a road with paramedics trying to reassure me I was okay - they told me I had suffered from a tonic-clonic seizure.
Since then I have had multiple MRI's, EEG, and CT scans and have been taking Keppra, although still suffer from seizures from time to time and have been admitted to hospital on a couple of occasions.
Being a young adult and having to finish university whilst dealing with a newly-diagnosed life long condition was hard for me to accept. My drivers licence was taken away, I had to avoid triggers such as stress, lack of sleep, and dehydration (very hard for a uni student) as much as I could. I felt I had lost my independence and a part of myself. Even though my medication controls my seizures most of the time it still comes with side effects that many people aren't aware of - tiredness, memory loss, mood swings etc. Having epilepsy doesn't just affect your physical being but also your mental health too, and even though I have family and friends who understand, it is hard to explain how it feels not knowing when you might have a seizure, how your body feels like it's been ran over by a truck after you do have one, and the feeling of frustration after.
However, I make sure my condition does not define who I am, it may limit me at times, but it does show me the strength and courage I have, the fact I could finish university, the fact my body can recover from an ordeal such as a seizure, and overall the fact I can live with this condition and the effects that come with it!