Hello my name is Jessica, I have jme epilepsy.
I have had it since I was a child, although I got diagnosed at aged 13. When I first got diagonised I was confused, angry and felt completely helpless.
During my school years my epilepsy made me feel isolated and alone and frustrated. I got discharged from my doctor at age 16.
At college I completed a course called uniformed public services, hoping that would lead to a military career. I have been to many military recruitment offices but they said they would not accept me because of my epilepsy even though I am fully controlled by medication.
I am feeling deeply frustrated and angry at the lack understanding and the stigma of epilepsy, particularly for recruitment for the military.
I hope that when people first hear that a person is epileptic that they don't judge them straight away. People have to look at the person inside.