I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 17, while a lot of my friends were enjoying themselves drinking and partying, I was struggling trying to get the correct medication for a few tough years of being like a zombie, grumpy and generally not knowing if I was coming or going.
After seeing a neurologist I was told to start coming off a lot of the medication as I may have grown out of it. Sadly this wasn’t the case. I had a seizure in the bath. Thankfully my mum was home.
After that I was put on a different medication and after finally finding a level that suited me I have been seizure free for 10 years.
I passed my driving test, got married, been on some lovely holidays travelling Europe, grabbing every opportunity with both hands. I have even managed to get myself a place as a finalist representing my county in a pageant next year, which I am proud of as I used to perform in shows and dance festivals until I was around 16 and really miss it.
I’m not saying life is easy and the last few years haven’t been tough - I still get side effects from the medication and tired really easily.
I am mid 30s and would love to start a family but that opens up a lot of questions and worries and I don’t think I am ready for all that just yet, but I like to prove everyone wrong when I have been told I’m a freak because of I have epilepsy, or you can’t do something because of it, no it’s finding the balance and knowing my limits.