My name is Georgina, I live in London and was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 12 years old. I’ve worked in the film industry as a script supervisor for the past 6 years and love every minute of it.
I first started having grand mal seizures once a month when I was 12. My triggers are stress, tiredness and too much TV. I have fallen down stairs, walked around school in an absence, hit my head on desks and fallen face first onto floors. In my mid teens my epilepsy was under control, I was driving with my own car and working as a waitress. After GCSE’s and A levels I decided to take a gap year before university, travel America and took part in Camp America.
I later attended Bournemouth University studying Film and Television to pursue my dreams of working in the film industry. Unfortunately my seizures started to come back towards the end of my degree due to too much stress from the exams and late nights. But that didn’t stop me from graduating. After graduating I headed straight for London to work my way up the career ladder.
Now, six years later, I am living independently and have travelled around the world filming along side actors like Hugh Grant, Meryl Streep and Daisy Ridley. I have script supervised 50 plus films and directed/written two successful short films and I’m currently writing my first feature film based on epilepsy. There are many misunderstandings about epilepsy and I hope toclear a few of them up in the film I am writing. For those of you reading and in the beginning stages of your epilepsy my advice is, stay positive… you are your only limit.
Epilepsy is not just one condition, but a group of many different 'epilepsies' with one thing in common: a tendency to have seizures that start in the brain.
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