Why I am doing the 100 Mile Challenge

Our 100 Mile Challenge is off to a great start with lots of our supporters signing up. We had a chat with Rihannon who explained what this challenge means to her.

For me, my journey with epilepsy has been short, but far from sweet.

Being three months away from your 18th birthday and finding out you might have had this all your life is more than a shock to the system.

It’s almost earth shattering, after making plans for your future, the realisation that they’ll all have to be halted was devastating.

Three years on however, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s been 15 months since my last seizure, I’m finally back behind the wheels of a car and in a job I love, after thinking I’d never be able to live a ‘normal’ life.

My epilepsy doesn’t define me, and if I let it define me, I wouldn’t be the person I am right now.


100 mile challenge

The 100 mile challenge for me started off as a New Year’s resolution of walking more.

But after falling in love with the different views right at my door, and being able to do it with less fear of having a seizure, made me want to say thank you to a charity who haven’t only helped me through my diagnosis, but so many others who are living with epilepsy or just curious about the condition.

Before I started having my first seizures, I thought epilepsy was all tonic-clonic seizures from what you see on the television.

But thanks to the information from Epilepsy Scotland, I learned that there are so many different types of seizures that can happen for any reason, or nothing at all.

After the year we all had in 2020, fundraising for everyone has been difficult, and I might as well fundraise for such an amazing charity in a way I love.

Our 100 Mile Challenge is also part of the 50 Million Steps for Epilepsy campaign https://50millionsteps.org/ which means each step will raise awareness on a global scale.

To sign up for our 100 Mile Challenge, please get in touch today by emailing fundraising@epilepsyscotland.org.uk.