Footballer Leon Legge says epilepsy 'has never got in my way'
Cambridge United football captain and Young Epilepsy ambassador, Leon Legge, recalls the moment with the Daily Mail when he collapsed whilst football training, later being diagnosed with epilepsy.
Leon was first diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16, during training session, where he went to header the ball but went completely blank, waking up half an hour later surrounded by paramedics. He has taken to hospital but was later discharged. It wasn’t until the second incident, where he was kept in for a week of assessments and was eventually diagnosed by a neurologist with epilepsy.
The footballer has helped raise the profile of epilepsy by speaking publicly about his condition and can often be found tweeting about his support.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Leon spoke openly about his condition saying:
It’s something I have lived with for the last 15 years but it has never got in my way. I’ve kept up with my meds, had my routine. The doctors said that with the right dosage and regular check-ups, I should be fine.
I used to have to go to the neurologist every six months, but now I don’t even see him. I have medication and that’s it, morning and evening. I haven’t had a seizure for two or three years.
My epilepsy comes in my sleep. I normally know when I’ve woken up that I’ve had a seizure. If it wasn’t that bad I would just go to training, let them know, and they could give me a check over.
More sportsmen and women have come out and said they have epilepsy. They go through the same journey as me. James Cracknell after his accident — I spoke to him a few years ago — and there’s a lad who plays for Rangers, Matt Crooks. He spoke to me when he first had it and asked how I had dealt with it.