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You Don’t Look Sick: living with epilepsy and aphasia. – Metro.co.uk

Monday, 19 August, 2019

You Don’t Look Sick: living with epilepsy and aphasia. – Metro.co.uk

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Do you know someone with an invisible illness? You probably do but have no idea because they don’t look sick.

Each week, our series looks at a different person, with a different illness to show what it’s like to live with a condition that is usually hidden but still causes symptoms that are a big part of every day life.

Tom Ryan-Elliott, 28, from London, has epilepsy and aphasia.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and can cause frequent seizures, where bursts of electrical activity interrupt the way the brain works.

Aphasia affects speech and language and is caused by damage to the left side of the brain, where how we talk is controlled.

Tom was on holiday in the U.S. in 2014 when he was diagnosed, after a terrible accident that left him fighting for his life.

Read more at: https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/18/dont-look-sick-diagnosed-epilepsy-fell-51-steps-vegas-10589679/

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