In explaining her reasons for accepting a role as ambassador for the Voice of Epilepsy, Sarah said,
‘Often the reality of epilepsy isn’t understood. I want to help medics to become more compassionate – to help them see the person behind the diagnosis, the life behind the treatment.
Watching a friend have a seizure whilst driving – because he hadn’t told any of us about his epilepsy – was terrifying. It showed me his reality of living with epilepsy. I have friends whose children have had brain surgery to help them live better with their epilepsy – it’s not something we often think about.
Epilepsy can look so different for each person, but always, it affects their lives in a multitude of ways. Supporting healthcare professionals to bring compassion to their medical expertise and to deepen their understanding can make a huge difference to the services and support they provide, and to the way people with epilepsy experience healthcare.’