As my life moved on, I developed a passion for health and fitness, and with this passion came an improved mood, more energy and fewer seizures. The more I focused on improving my diet, mind and body, the better I became. I was able to control my illness through nutrition and exercise.
My favourite thing in the whole world is surfing and I find complete peace in a mind that never really switches off. I believe epilepsy has given me the determination to succeed in life and the drive to find inner peace and improved health and wellbeing. I am such a determined person and achieve anything I put my mind to. I truly believe epilepsy has made me this way and in some ways, I am grateful for that. It has definitely made me appreciate the small things in life.
After spending so much time researching the benefits of food and exercise on the brain and body, my passion became my career. I now run my own business as a nutritionist and wellbeing coach, teaching the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. My love of the outdoors really came from my change in lifestyle. I stopped drinking alcohol (my biggest trigger) 5 years ago.
I found understanding and accepting the condition the hardest part of being diagnosed with epilepsy. Denial was a big factor. Epilepsy is a very isolating and misunderstood condition. The more research we can do, and the more support and help we can provide for each individual, the better.
Epilepsy still affects me. I do not suffer from seizures very often, however the little undercurrents that run in my brain (epileptic activity) still affect me, in only a way that someone with epilepsy can understand. Things such as daily headaches, mood swings, fatigue and insomnia, not to mention the side effects of medication. However, the ocean and the great outdoors keep me sane and often heal me whenever I am feeling low or suffering brain fog. It’s like it changes the chemistry in my brain and I suddenly feel alive, happy, positive and clear-headed again.
– Caroline, June 2020