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Joe Paternoster

I'm Joe, and I have been a devout epileptic since I started having tonic-clonic seizures in my sleep at the age of 11. Thankfully, I got put on lamotrigine and found a comfy dose straight away, and was relatively seizure free for about nine years or so. In that time, I made the bonkers decision to run the London Marathon at the age of 18, but it was an awesome day and I raised over ¬£4,000 for Young Epilepsy in the process, so. I'm now a third-year English student at the University of Nottingham, doing my utmost best to show that being epileptic at university is an entirely possible experience. However, as we all know, 2020 has been absolutely awful, and in line with that my epilepsy decided to make a nasty resurgence this year. I am now part of both the absence seizure and the awake tonic-clonic seizure club, but we've played with my dosage a bit and we seem to be back on the right path now.

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Around 3% of people with epilepsy are photosensitive, which means their seizures are brought on by flashing lights.

Cyber EssentialsFundraising RegulatorYoung Epilepsy is the operating name of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy Charitable Trust.
Registered Charity number 311877 (England and Wales)

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