AN OXFORD woman has shared her experience with epilepsy to help dispel the ‘dangerous’ myths that still surround the condition.
Today marks the start of National Epilepsy Week but despite it being one of the most common neurological conditions new research shows over a third – 36 per cent – of people admit they would be unsure or unwilling to help someone if they saw them having an epileptic seizure.
Jane Williams was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy when she was 12 and her seizures happen when she is woken up suddenly.
The 30-year-old said having people around her who know how to handle her having a seizure was incredibly important.
She recalled how her housemate Josh came to her rescue after she was unexpectedly woken from a nap. She said: “I immediately started jerking and instinctively knew I was going to have a tonic clonic seizure [loss of consciousness and jerking limbs].
“I made a horrendously bad decision and ran down the two flights of stairs to the kitchen where Josh was as I really, really didn’t want to be myself.
“I told Josh, ‘I’m going to have a seizure’ and he said ‘what do I do?’ I told him not to panic. Then the seizure started and I fell into the coffee table.”
When she woke up she was on the floor with Josh beside her holding her hand.