Epilepsy sufferer helped through four-year nightmare by neighbour and carer
EPILEPTIC Julie Wells, 42, says it is the kindness of one of her former neighbours and a support worker that has seen her emerge from a four-year nightmare.
The resident of Sherbrooke Street, off Monks Road, Lincoln, told the Echo her story.
"I was diagnosed with epilepsy aged three and had tonic clonic seizures fairly infrequently.
"As a young person aged 14 and upwards my epilepsy was brought under control and I went on to teach the piano and train as a secondary school teacher. I was completely independent, drove a car and travelled around the world alone.
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"Unfortunately, things went wrong in 1994 following a severe car crash in Doncaster, which was no fault of my own, and I began having seizures again. People who have watched me say I crash to the floor and my face starts contorting.
"I go blue around the lips and start frothing and foaming at the mouth before having convulsions.
"I have suffered many accidents, but the worst two were associated with boiling water.
"The second time the burns were so severe I had to have a skin graft and it was decided by the authorities it was no longer safe for me to live alone.
"They suggested I live in a residential home, but I refused and lived with my neighbour Hedley Speak for 18 months.
"Hedley was a retired gentleman who died in February, but was an amazing friend who looked after me 24 hours a day.
"He was my saviour.
"I was eventually allowed back home and had carers come and sit outside the bathroom in case I had a seizure in the bath, which did happen. I did not go out until I was appointed an adult supporting worker Linda Rudd.
"Linda encouraged me to take small steps, even if it was just to go to the supermarket, and my confidence improved.
"And following tweaks in my medication, I last had a seizure in January and my GP and neurologist can see no more problems.
"I volunteer at the National Society For Epilepsy's stand at Lincoln County Hospital and have managed to get on an Access To Nursing course at Lincoln College.
"I hope to work as a healthcare support worker to gain experience before training as a nurse.
"I feel I have an empathy because I know what it's like to be a patient."