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Alex Owens

I was diagnosed when I was 19 and in the middle of University. The sudden unexpected diagnosis changed my life massively with the seizures was having daily. I suffered for a year, where all I can remember is waking up with oxygen masks on, having to be monitored 24/7, not even allowed to sleep in my own bedroom. I had the most sickening moment when my doctor who was amazing told me he couldn't do anymore and had to send me to another specialist further away. I burst into tears which set my parents off, we cried together and thought this was going to be the life I live, constant seizures and no freedom. I went through a year of weekly hospital visits, disappointments, social barriers, family and myself going through depression. However by the time I was 20, the doctor told me he would try something, the combination of medication - this is where I count myself extremely lucky. I couldn't believe after one year they had found a way of controlling my epilepsy. I now look at my journey and see how much I'm thankful for having epilepsy. I bounced back stronger and I managed to finish my Uni Degree after 5 years! My work is a dream because I found the career I had passion for and if I gave up at Uni I would never have got into the job I am in now. I still worry about having a seizure but I always tell myself, who knows what happens next, just remember to Never Give Up! #NeverGiveUp

Alex Owens
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