#EpilepsyAwareness #PurpleDay2016

Theresa's teaching talk

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My 17 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy. The neurologist explained that she has probably had this illness since she was about 10 years old. I guess that means I won’t be winning any prizes in the Parent of the Year competition. The neurologist says that since she’s very active and healthy, her brain has managed to somehow mask and deal with the symptoms up until now.

She’s never been a morning person – always difficult to wake up and a touch cranky. When I look back, I can remember so many mornings shouting at her to get out of bed, to hurry up and get dressed, to eat her breakfast. Typical teenage behaviour that I’m sure most parents have experienced.  But it turns out there’s a very good reason for this. She has nocturnal seizures. As she sleeps in her own bedroom, these seizures were undetected till…

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