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    When I was a student with epilepsy

    By Rachel

    Being a student with epilepsy will be different for everybody and, from my experience at least, the impact of epilepsy can really vary.

    During times of better health, I found I was able to have a relatively ‘normal’ student life and get on with things just like my healthy peers were. However, during periods of poorer health, trying to balance studying with the additional challenges of epilepsy was incredibly tough.

    Like most people with epilepsy, epilepsy affects me in a number of different ways. This includes difficulties with focusing and remembering things, trying to manage the side-effects of medications (tiredness, nausea and dizziness to name a few!) as well as the seizures themselves.

    When I first started university I had a lot of worries about how I would cope. How would I manage living independently and keeping up with the workload? It’s worth keeping in mind that support is out there.

    Based on my own experiences, here are a few tips for coping with epilepsy at college/university:

    "When I first started university I had a lot of worries about how I would cope."

    Remember you also have rights to reasonable adjustments (these can help with the practicalities of managing epilepsy and seizures). Some examples might include:

    Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help – there will be lots of people within your place of study who want to make your experience of higher education more manageable.

    With the right support in place, it really is possible to reach your potential.



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