Daniel shared his story for National Epilepsy Week 2017
Daniel was first diagnosed with epilepsy when he was seven years old. He has a mixture of seizures, including tonic clonic where he falls to the floor and focal seizures. When Daniel was a teenager, and his epilepsy was at its worst, Daniel could have up to five seizures a day. He had brain surgery in 2009 to treat his epilepsy, and has seen a drastic improvement in how often he has seizures.
Daniel, who has always been a keen footballer and currently works as a performance analyst for Watford FC, first attended the West London Branch in 2015. Daniel said: “My epilepsy meant that I missed a lot of school. I even had to re-do a year of college. It had a huge impact on my life, and this didn’t go away when my surgery meant my seizures were more controlled. I think that a lot of time people worry that epilepsy will limit their life.
“Joining the West London Branch of Epilepsy Action helped me realise that it doesn’t have to be like that. At the branch, I met a whole range of people that have done great things, and live normal lives. This was a huge boost to my self-esteem and confidence. I realised that my epilepsy doesn’t have to be a barrier.
“Attending the branch gave me the confidence to take up running, something I’ve always wanted to do. I found that I didn’t have a seizure during my first run, and it grew from there. Running really puts me in a good mood—this helps me to have fewer seizures.
“I wanted to set myself a running challenge, so decided to take on the Ealing half marathon in 2016 and to raise funds for the West London Branch of Epilepsy Action. I have found the support of the branch so valuable. I wanted others to be able to experience it too. I completely smashed my target run time, completing the race in two hours and five minutes.”