Skydiving for awareness
29-year old Hazel McCoubrey, from London, shares why she is taking part in the Purple Day Skydive.
Hazel McCoubrey, 29, said:
Being diagnosed with epilepsy at 22 changed my life and in many ways beyond the seizures. It wasn’t overnight, but over the next few years I developed insomnia that led to anxiety. I struggled to find medication that I could still function on. It affected my parents, who jumped every time the phone rang, hoping it wasn’t a call to say I was in hospital again and my friends who supported me along the confusing and frustrating road to acceptance.
I’ll forever be grateful to the family, friends and colleagues who were there for me and occasionally quite literally, picked me up when I was down.
All that and I’m one of the lucky ones. I don’t have to think about epilepsy on a daily basis anymore. This is why I have chosen to do a skydive for Young Epilepsy.
I am incredibly fortunate that I’m able to take part in this despite my condition. I'm glad my donations will go to the amazing Young Epilepsy and their dedication to raising awareness of a condition that is highly under-represented and misunderstood.