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Radio and tv campaign raises awareness of epilepsy

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Nicola Swanborough

Radio and tv campaign raises awareness of epilepsy

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and from today we are running a special awareness raising campaign across the country's regional radio and tv stations, focusing on what it is like to live with drug resistant epilepsy and the different treatment options that are available.

Listen out for our Medical Director Professor Ley Sander talking about epilepsy and hear the experiences of many of our supporters across BBC Nottingham, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Suffolk, BBC North West, Heart West Midlands, Gateway 97.7 Essex, WCR FM Wolverhampton, Radio Tamworth, Greatest Hits Radio East Anglia, ITV Granada, Siren FM, BBC Leeds.

Our special thanks to Liz Cupitt, Louise Berry, Tayyibah Apabhai, Hannah Wilson, Jo McClure and Chloe Milburn for sharing their stories.

We will be sharing links to all the programmes here and across our social media channels.

You can listen to some of the interviews on the links below:

BBC Radio Suffolk

(3:14.30)

Hannah Wilson tells BBC Suffolk how desperate she is to be seizure free after living with epilepsy for 24 years. "When I have an aura, I have a sense of fear and want to tell someone but my brain won't let me." And Professor Ley Sander talks about the impact of drug resistant epilepsy and alternative treatment options.

BBC Radio Leeds

15:38 on the live link. Or scroll to 98:00 on catch up.

Postal worker Chloe Milburn talks about why she has decided not to start a family because of her drug resistant epilepsy and how she is being considered for VNS therapy to help control her seizures. And Professor Ley Sander talks about the impact of drug resistant epilepsy and alternative treatment options.

Gateway 97.8

20 November 2020

Scroll to 7:30

Professor Ley Sander talks about the impact of drug resistant epilepsy and why it is important to talk to your epilepsy specialist about alternative treatment options.

Professor Ley Sander is wearing a white, open-necked shirt and a dark jacket.

Our thanks to LivaNova for partnering with Epilepsy Society in this radio campaign.

BBC Asian Network

Tayyibah Apabhai speaks about the challenges she has faced living with drug resistant epilepsy, including bullying she has experienced because of the condition.

BBC Radio Nottingham

Liz Cupitt speaks about the different medications she has tried in an attempt to control her drug resistant epilepsy, and how the side effects of these medications have impacted her.