My Activity Tracking
My target 50 kms
I’m taking part in Walk for Epilepsy around Australia because...
I want to raise money and make a difference for people
living & dealing with epilepsy. As some of you probably know, I've dealt
with epilepsy since I was an infant. It's been in my family for a while and is
a recessive gene which has had a massive impact on my life and many
others. I’ll try keep it as short as I can.
I've had my ups and downs like most people living with the illness. I thought I was through the worst of it when I came off medication when I was about 11 years old. I had been seizure free until I went on exchange to Italy when I was 16. Dealing with a neurological disorder can be hard at the best of times but throw in learning a new language, dealing with culture shock, homesickness and navigating adolescence, and you've got the perfect storm.
Ages 16-19 were some of the hardest years of my life, having
multiple seizures a week and trying a cocktail of medications with various
degrees of success. I’ve got to thank the incredible network of health
professionals, teachers, friends & family who helped me get through those
incredibly difficult periods.
The Epilepsy Foundation does incredible work to be a support network, provide resources, workshops & research into the illness that effects over 39 million people worldwide. I know too well that epilepsy can cause social isolation, stigmatisation, or disability and the Epilepsy Foundation really supports people going through those trying times.
Please help me by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about the walk, the greater the impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Fast forward to now, I haven’t had a seizure since I was
about 21 (touchwood). I’m healthy, have my license, a full-time job and have
had the incredible opportunity to travel the world. To those who are suffering
through the worst of the illness, there is support out there and life can get
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Logged first KM
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Thank you to my Sponsors
Emily Bourke On Behalf Of The Bourke Family
Liv And Gaz
Eph, Anna & Jamie
Nikki De Sanctis
Lucy & Billy
Kilali Alailima Gibson
Kerrod & Carmela
Matt And Tee
Jan & Paulo Doyle