Everybody has a backstory. Mine's a bit longer than most people my age.
On 10th August 1995 I was born just outside of London.
At the age of 3 I was diagnosed with Epilepsy. I suffer from what is now described as Focal Impaired Awareness Motor Seizures.
Then at the age of 15 I was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, frequently referred to as Asperger Syndrome.
Before I received this second diagnosis, however, I went through 6 years of constant bullying and I believe my lack of diagnosis paid a large part in this. I feel that if fellow students had known there was a reason behind my unusual behaviour they would have been able to understand it better.
In February 2012 just before my AS Level Mock exams I suffered from what is known as Status Epilepticus, basically I nearly died. This left me with severe mental health issues, in hindsight I think I had PTSD. I started experiencing what are known as Non-Epileptic Attacks. The only way I could deal with day-to-day life was by making myself feel and look like I was having seizures.
As a result of this, merged with 15 years of medication, I begun to flunk academically. My school didn't want to pay for the extra support I needed if I wasn't going to give them the grades they wanted so illegally kicked me out.
5 years on and having just graduated from the University of Sussex with a 2:1 Degree in Media Practice I'm finally beginning to get over the hurt this caused. I'm now studying a Master's Degree in Digital Media also at Sussex.
This is my life so far, in a nutshell. My aim for the future is to use my media based skills to start fighting the ignorance and stigma surrounding invisible disabilities like Epilepsy and Autism. Over the past 6 years I've channelled my feelings and experiences into an online blog and I hope this online portfolio is the next step towards achieving understanding and awareness.