In May of this year, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myeclonic Epilepsy. For at least 8 months before I was diagnosed, I had suffered with multiple Absent Seizures. After two EEG's, and multiple doctor and hospital appointments, I was finally diagnosed with one of the many types of Epilepsy. This is somewhat the same as what happened to my grandmother when she was 13, however, in that time it was obviously a longer time before she was fully diagnosed.
I am very glad to the efforts performed by the different sections of the Royal Stoke Hospital, and glad that I am now prescribed to take Lamotrigine twice everyday, and soon the amount with increase to 75mg.
Even though I am on medication, I have suffered with two Tonic Clonic Seizures during my sleep, one which ended in me being taken to hospital, and missing a day of school in Year 11. My parents had to use Midazolam (rescue medicine) on me in order to bring me out of them. I truly believe that people should be made more aware of the many types of epilepsy and how they vary.
This increased knowledge could and would help many people reduce any feelings of anxiety and fear that they experience beacause of their epileptic episodes.