Tattoo Fixers joined by Everyone Knows Someone star Olivia
In the latest episode of Tattoo Fixers show hosts, Alice Perrin, Jay Hutton, Steven ‘Sketch’ Porter and Paisley Billings, were graced with our Everyone Knows Someone star of 2015, Olivia Salvati, looking for a tattoo which represented her epilepsy condition.
Everyone Knows Someone is a partnership between Young Epilepsy, Epilepsy Society and River Island to raise awareness of epilepsy.
Speaking with Sketch and Alice, Olivia said she is often asked what epilepsy feels like and what happens to her during a seizure. She replies with, it feels like a ‘confusion bubble’ and ‘fairyland’. Using this to feed her imagination, she asked the artists to create something which was in a shape of a bubble with a mystical theme.
Here was the end result
During the show, Olivia spoke about her epilepsy condition:
It is really hard to be independent for instance: I can’t drive, I can’t have a bath - just in case I drown, I can’t have a lock on any of the doors in my house - just in case I have a seizure and my family can’t get to me.
Despite my condition, I got into university but that didn’t go too well. One night I remember, I knew I was going to have a seizure and I kept knocking on people’s doors because I felt something coming on. I had a seizure in the middle of the hallway in front of everyone.
My seizures got more and more frequent and I was in hospital weekly, so I had to make the decision to leave university. It was devastating and a massive step back with my condition because it just put my life on hold.
When I came home from university, I changed my medication. I just had to reset my life basically. I am now nearly six months seizure-free. I am back at uni and excited to be there.
My journey with epilepsy will always be on going but I’ve come to realise that epilepsy doesn’t define me. It is part of me and it is never going to be forgotten.
Tattoo Fixer, Alice Perrin said:
It was lovely to meet Olivia on Tattoo Fixers. I admire her strength and attitude towards her condition and not letting it define her.
It’s great to see national charity Young Epilepsy tackling epilepsy across the UK, on behalf of young people like Olivia. I wish her all the best during her time at university and being seizure-free.
Speaking about her cameo on Tattoo Fixers, Olivia said:
I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to raise awareness of epilepsy and to share my story on Tattoo Fixers. Alice created the most beautiful tattoo for me, which I am incredibly thankful for.
There are so many misconceptions about epilepsy. I hope my appearance on the show has increased understanding of the condition and helped other young with people with epilepsy remember that they’re not alone.