Olivia, 21, has epilepsy and epilepsy related learning difficulties. She had generalised symptomatic seizures until 2010.Through the balance of her medication that controls seizures, as well with hormones settling down; she has now stopped having seizures. She studied at Young Epilepsy’s St Piers College for the past three years and her hopes for the future have included becoming an actress.
“I was asked to be in the BBC Three documentary and I thought, “I don’t mind being on that”.When I’m older I want to be on TV and I’d like to be in as many things as possible. My plan is to be in as many acting roles as possible. As well as that, I thought it would be a good chance for the public to see what someone like me is really like – someone who has not had seizures for five years, but who still has Epilepsy.
“With the last seizure I had, I remember asking the paramedic to take the oxygen mask off my face, so I remember bits from having seizures, but not much. Now I don’t have them, my life is quite free. I can now learn to drive, which I could never have even hoped for before.”
Olivia used to have seizures very frequently, often one after the other, so they would blank out her day. “I actually can’t remember most of my past, due to the seizures.”
Diagnosed with epilepsy aged three, it was far from being under control, having constant and daily seizures throughout primary and secondary schools and learning and remembering very little in the process. She would have continual seizures throughout the night – sometimes every night - and if she’d had a bad night, it would often trigger seizures in the day.
Olivia wants people to know more about epilepsy and its different forms. “Normally if you have epilepsy, it’s controlled by medication; but it’s not always controlled. You can have many tablets, or just a few; they can be all the same, or all different; and all seizures are different. I tell people that one-day through your work, or in your normal life, you might find you get to know someone who has epilepsy. They might be your colleague, a manager or a friend and it’s good to know as much as you can about it.”
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