Epilepsy Warriors Foundation and Epilepsy Scotland

Lesslie Young, Chief Executive   With COVID-19 changing the way we live in so many ways we need to focus on the positives. Epilepsy Scotland has seen an increase in people participating in our services since we moved to virtual delivery. Some people are more comfortable taking part from the comfort of their own home … Continued


Epilepsy

Having epilepsy whilst working and studying for a MBA

  Graham Loan was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2017. However, his diagnosis hasn’t stopped him from forging a successful career and has provided him with different opportunities at work which has allowed him to learn new skills and has led to a recent promotion. Here he shares his story.


School

Returning to school with a diagnosis of epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at children and young people returning to school with a diagnosis of epilepsy and how well a teacher understands the condition can make an enormous difference to their return to school experience.


Social prescribing

How social prescribing helps people with epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young provides information on the concept of social prescribing, which seeks to address people’s individual needs including areas such as mental health and social support.  


First aid

First aid for more complicated epilepsy

  In the final part of our first aid for seizures blog series, our Helpline and Information Officer Stuart Macgee looks at first aid for more complicated epilepsy.


Q&A with Jason Leitch

Q&A with Professor Jason Leitch

  Epilepsy Scotland Chief Executive, Lesslie Young asked your questions regarding epilepsy and coronavirus to Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director for Scotland.


Sodium Valproate

Sodium Valproate – a time for action not words

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at The Cumberledge Review into the avoidable harm to women through the use of Primodos, pelvic mesh and Sodium Valproate and whether an apology from the government is enough.


Atonic and tonic seizures

First aid for tonic and atonic seizures

  In part two of our first aid for seizures blog series, our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at first aid for tonic and atonic seizures.


Employment

Employment – a consistent barrier for people with epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at how gaining employment is a consistent barrier for people living with epilepsy and how Epilepsy Scotland will continue to do everything we can to ensure people with epilepsy are never held back by their condition when trying to reach their full potential.


First aid

First aid for tonic-clonic and absence seizures

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee will be looking at first aid for seizures as part of a new blog series. Part one looks at first aid for tonic-clonic and absence seizures.


Staying safe with epilepsy

Staying safe with epilepsy

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at ways you can stay safe whilst living with epilepsy and still be able to do the things you love and have independence.


Low mood

Epilepsy and low mood

  Our Wellbeing Worker, Bruce Shiell looks at epilepsy and low mood and ways in which you can change how you think and feel.


Memory

How I try and improve my memory

  Epilepsy Scotland’s volunteer, Alan McMaster shares how a combination of epilepsy and a brain haemorrhage has affected his memory.


epilepsy

My experience of living with epilepsy

  Helenann Murray was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2016. Helenann’s partner and her middle child also have epilepsy. Below Helenann shares her experiences and the challenges she and her family have faced.  


Young people

Epilepsy Scotland’s Youth Group service

  Our Youth Development Worker, Shelby Johnston looks at how Epilepsy Scotland’s Youth Groups continue to support young people during the Coronavirus pandemic.


COVID19

Update from CEO, Lesslie Young

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at how the coronavirus pandemic has brought the importance of charities into focus and how our work is #NeverMoreNeeded.


Helping young people during COVID19

  Our Youth Development Workers Kirstyn Cameron and Shelby Johnson looks at the importance for young people to have positive connections during this lockdown period.


Covid19

Protecting yourself from increased seizures

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at ways to protect yourself from increased seizures during this period of lockdown and if you are showing symptoms of COVID19.


Coronavirus

Explaining Coronavirus to young people

  Our Youth Development Worker, Kirstyn Cameron looks at how to explain Coronavirus to young people and how to help them cope during this difficult time.


epilepsy and family

Living with epilepsy and having a family

  Recently Stacey and her partner Ryan had their second child, a happy healthy little boy. They were eager to share their experiences to help other people with epilepsy who are thinking of starting a family.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of growing up with epilepsy

  Ashleigh was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just 11 months old. Thanks to surgery, Ashleigh hasn’t had a seizure since March 2018. Below she shares her experiences growing up with epilepsy.  


seizure triggers

12 most common seizure triggers

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Uschi Stickroth looks at 12 common seizure triggers and how you can help control them.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of living with epilepsy for 32 years

  It has been great that people are sharing their experiences of living with epilepsy to help raise more awareness of the condition. This month, Andrew who has been living with epilepsy for 32 years, shares his epilepsy story.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of living with photosensitive epilepsy

  We are looking for people to share their experiences of living with epilepsy and get people talking about epilepsy to help fight the stigma attached to the condition. This month, Jenni who has photosensitive epilepsy, describes her experiences and how she had her first seizure whilst on a plane going to Australia.


Artist Helen Butler shares her experiences of epilepsy

  Artist Helen Butler will be exhibiting at Lifeworks19 art for Epilepsy Scotland exhibition next month. Here Helen shares her experience of being diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age and why she started to take up art.


Hayley

Raising awareness of SUDEP – Alana’s story

  Hayley McGurk was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just nine years old after having her first seizure in primary school. Unfortunately, when Hayley was 20 years old her seizures got worse and sadly, she passed away due to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in 2015.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of living with epilepsy

  We are looking to encourage people to start talking about epilepsy and share their experiences. Each month, we will be sharing these on our website and on social media. This month, Shona shares her experiences of being diagnosed at a young age and how epilepsy has affected her.  


Studying abroad

My experience of studying abroad with epilepsy

  Our #TalkEpilepsy campaign aims to encourage people living with epilepsy to share their experiences. University student, Milo Trainor Moss shares his experiences of studying abroad with epilepsy and having seizures while travelling overseas.


Tom Davies

Tom Davies shares his epilepsy story

  As part of our #TalkEpilepsy campaign we are encouraging people living with epilepsy to share their experiences to help fight the stigma and show that epilepsy is more than just seizures. Long-time supporter of Epilepsy Scotland, Tom Davies shares his experiences of being diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 15 years old.  


Talk Epilepsy

Lets Talk Epilepsy

  We are launching a national campaign during National Epilepsy Week, which aims to highlight the dangers of having a seizure and encourage the general public to learn basic first aid tips to help people with epilepsy.