During my seizure, I had hit my face and body onto our brick fireplace in the lounge, but there was nothing that my parents could do about it – I suppose they were in shock as they have never seen this happen to me before. After numerous hospital visits and tests, I was diagnosed with Grand Mal epilepsy, where I was prescribed with medication to establish the dosage required and any further treatment that I required.
The diagnosis was something that came as a shock to me as I was not sure if or when I would experience another seizure. This affected my life as I could not predict when another seizure would occur. I was member of the school swimming team, which I loved. I had to give this up along with other social activities, until my medication controlled my epilepsy.
As years went by, my epilepsy was managed with medication. At 23, I was pregnant with my first child. I was told by the hospital that due to my anti-seizure medication, my baby may be born with a cleft lip and palate. During the 9 months of my pregnancy I was worried, but thought that if that was the case, I would just address it at the time. Thankfully, when my eldest son was born there were no problems.