Why is the campaign important to you?
We are completely normal people, we just have an illness. Epilepsy is part of my life, I acknowledge and accept it. Lots of people don’t know what epilepsy is or how they can help, which is why I’m pleased that this campaign is going to explain. What’s important for me is the opportunity to show people how they can help if someone has an epileptic seizure. Helping isn’t difficult.
How do you relate to the visual used in the campaign?
It shows exactly how I feel when I’ve had a seizure: like there’s been a storm in my brain, confusion and loss of orientation.
Have you ever had a seizure in a public place?
Yes. People thought I’d had too much alcohol, but I’d only drunk iced tea. I felt misunderstood and judged. Lots of people don’t know what to do if someone has an epileptic seizure, and simply look away.
In your opinion what do the public need to know about epilepsy?
What’s really important to me is: Help. Don’t look away. Epilepsy isn’t contagious. I don’t mind people asking me about my illness and I’m happy to tell them about it. That helps increase awareness so that people are less judgmental and more supportive.