Laura Moore, 22, has been taking sodium valproate since the age of 15. The medication has enabled her to get on with her life but she knows that if she wants to start a family it will pose a serious risk to any baby during pregnancy. Here she discusses the challenges she faces and questions why she wasn’t given more treatment options when she was first diagnosed.
Yasmin Golding is 26 and relies on a combination of three epilepsy medications to help control her seizures. But she worries about the health risk that the drugs could pose to any baby during pregnancy, should she decide to start a family.
Martha Cronin was diagnosed with epilepsy during lockdown. She was prescribed carbamazepine over the phone by her neurologist with no warning about the risk linked to the drug for any baby during pregnancy. Martha describes how overwhelming it was to learn from her GP about the potential harm her medication could pose if she decided to start a family.
Chantel Reeves was taking the epilepsy medication, carbamazepine when she discovered she was pregnant. Here she relives her anxieties about how it might harm her baby and why she is backing our Safe Mum, Safe Baby campaign.
Yoga teacher Emma Turnbull explains how she is raising vital funds for the Epilepsy Society, after their support brought hope of a seizure-free life for her daughter, Beth.
Jamie Thomson, 39, a political risk analyst and father to a 16-month-old baby, explains why he is planning to donate his brain to the Epilepsy Society Brain and Tissue Bank at the end of his life.
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Mel talks about her experience from being first diagnosed with epilepsy, to becoming pregnant and seeking treatment and support from Epilepsy Society at our Sir William Gowers medical centre.
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My name is Hayley and I'm a 36 year old secondary school teacher from Essex. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myclonic Epilepsy about 20 years ago. I've been able to live a pretty normal life since my diagnosis which has included having two children, completing a degree and teaching qualifications.