Darcy Cotchett

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My target 110 kms

I’m taking part in Walk for Epilepsy around Australia because I am Diagnosed with Absence Epilepsy

This will be hard to write in a short space but I'll give it a go. I was diagnosed with Absence Epilepsy when I was 13 years old. Before you ask, my seizures aren't like the ones in the movies where I start shaking and start froffing at the mouth. My seizures last only a few seconds, anywhere from half a second right up to 10 seconds. I will essentially be doing something then have a seizure and will stare into space or blank out and have no idea of my surroundings for the length of a seizure. It doesn't sound too bad but if you stop and count to 5 you can realise a lot could happen in that 5 seconds in the middle of a street for example if I wasn't medicated. Their were a few times where I was riding my bike on the road and had seizures, this could of ended very badly but it didn't. 

At age 12 the seizures started occurring and no one really noticed as they were quite frequent and weren't very long in duration. The school I was attending actually reached out to my parents as my grades were dropping quite quickly. I was essentially having seizures so frequently I wasn't really retaining any information in classes which reflected in my grades. They asked me to do testing for hearing, sight, learning difficulties you name it I was tested for it to see what the problem could be and to explain my grades dropping. 

Despite all the testing I didn't have any learning difficulties with the seizures still occurring. I went on living life as normal as I could.  This included playing sport which I love. I remember it as if it happened yesterday, I was in a basketball lay up line warming up for a tournament match waiting for the pass. As the ball was coming towards me face high I had a seizure and missed the ball for it to falcon me and hit me straight on the face. Not ideal when you're wearing braces and have your lips cut to shreds 30 seconds before tip off. Mum knowing I could catch a ball decided that something was still wrong. 

A friend of mine was over one day and I had a seizure in front of him and mum. He said I do that all the time at school. That was enough for the doctor to then diagnose me with Absence Epilepsy and off to a neurologist I went to get the official confirmation. Whilst seeing the neurologist I performed a series of mini tests which induced seizures for mum and dad to see what happens when they occurred. Getting a strobe light shone right into your face to induce them isn't fun. The final part of the process was to go to the Royal Children's Hospital for a Electroencephalogram (EEG) which is a test where they stick electrodes on your head to read your brain activity. This was used to determine what my brain was doing as the seizures were occurring.  The diagnosis was made and I was put on 200mg of Sodium Valproate and I take two pills in the morning and two at night which still occurs to this day. 

A few months later I went back to the neurologist for a check up and again the strobe light was shoved in my face to try and induce seizures. This time however due to the medication working I wasn't having any seizures and having a strobe light going for a minute in front of my face was just plain annoying!! 

However for the last 15 years the medication has been working and I'm very thankful it has been so I can live my life to the fullest, which up until this point I think I've given it a pretty good crack. 

As I said in my instagram post I consider myself very lucky in terms of being diagnosed with Epilepsy. A lot of other people that do have it in more severe cases aren't as lucky and struggle day to day with the most simple tasks. Raising awareness and funding helps with research and going one step closer to treating this and making so many lives better. 

Thanks for reading my story! As I said feel free to reach out if you have any questions as I'm not shy about having it or talking about it. 

My Achievements

First donation

50% of Fundraising Goals Badge

75% of Fundraising Goals Badge

100% of Fundraising Goals Badge

Logged first KM

50% Distance Target

100% Distance Target

Shared page

Added blog post

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Mum Xxx

Love you 😘 mum

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Damian Cotchett

Awesome effort

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Sta Mums

Well done Darcy

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Darcy Cotchett

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Deb Kirk Al

Love from Reservior

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Ruby Cotchett

Woo go Darc Xx

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Aidan And Georgia

You’re a good man! Keep walking

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Emma Carter

Go you good thing!

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Conor Grace

Incredible work Cotch! 🖤

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Maverick

Get em Paul

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Nick Boland

Cotch 💙

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Michael Fogarty

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Chloe Burns

Go Darcos you legend. See you at the tan! Xxx

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Ginge

Great work there mud guts, make sure you put les mils to shame with your intensity

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P & M Rush

Well Done

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Anonymous

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Michael Hannan

Big few weeks ahead!

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Sandy Lodge

Good effort Darc

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Priscilla Lodge

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Laura Sd

Smash it ☺️

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Brodie Cotchett

Onya sonya

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Susie Lachal

Go Darcy

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Bregon Cotchett

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Janette Doolan

Go Darcy! Well done

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Tarsh Balgue

Amazing Darcy. That is a huge walk and I am already feeling sorry for your feet 😂. Good luck xo

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Jarrad And Mikaela Preston

Go get em big daddy

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Kate Watycha

Go Darc!

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Tonia Lenaghan & Family

Well done Darcy!! Good luck on the walk!!

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Ebonie Rodda

goonngeddum darcy

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Jess Engel

Go Cotch! Smash it :)

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Patrick Hamblin

Well done D Cotch! From the Hamblins

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Paul Morris

The more you walk, the more you can eat, even though you don't eat much

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Tom Brennan

King cotch, love it mate

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Rob Kemp

A good cause and a timely summer Rig as a result, very clever Great work legend, look forward to beers soon.

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Bill Slates

Push yourself

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James Rush

Get em Cotch

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Xavier Frawley

Good areas Cotch lad

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Alex & Sar

Good Luck Big D!

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Emma And Spencer

Such an amazing effort for a worthy cause

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Lauren French

$26.10

Emily Cahill

Noot noot

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Lachlan Merrett

Good stuff Darc 👏

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Joe Dooley

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Tom Clifford

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Louise Brown

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Hos

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Elle (kyle)

Put them pillows to use Darc xx

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Katr Crowhurst

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Rupert Miranda

Love your work mate

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Charlie Hess

Great work Cotch!

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Martin M

You are a fine young man! Well done and proud of you,

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Kerry Wills

I’m very proud of you Godson xKerry

$26.10

Nick Thornely

Good stuff mate!

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Makira

Go darcehole ❤️ Very proud to call you my m8

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Brittany Prendergast

$25

Holly Adams

Changed man aren’t ya. Well done Darce xx

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Harding

Nice work Darc.

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Mitch Collard

$25

Ruby Compton

Yeah Darc!

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Aoife Turley

Proud of u !!

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Belles Hazell

Will buy you a “roadie” mate!!! Good job

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Britt Croagh

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Nan

Sounds great Darcy, I will not be able to walk with you but I hope to do some miles soon 🚙 love you😘

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Mary Fildes

Go hun!!!!

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Elliot Harris

Go get em darcy

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Sinead Canavan

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Nova

I have epilepsy too! Thanks for bringing awareness to a great cause! Killing it 💕💕

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Victoria Burns

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Anthony O’connor

Great work Darc!

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Olivia Mcconnon

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Sam Nowlan

Love your work mate!

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Lew

Well done mate ! Smashing it

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Michael Wills

go big fella x

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Lauren Adey

Proud of you legend!

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Zoe Leonard

$15.66

Rosheen Nichol

Not sure on the old exchange rate but here’s a wee penny - well done x

$15

Gobs

Love you bby xoxo

$10.44

Callam Cox

On ya Cotch. Give the streets of kee a proper workout

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Meg Gordon

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Jess T

Smashing it Darcy