Morven was diagnosed with an unknown type of epilepsy at 8. She is currently on Keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine and has occasional nocturnal seizures.
Morven is 21 and works full-time as administrative assistant. When she was 8, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. After a lot of different tests, she was told she had an unknown type of epilepsy as the doctors were unable to diagnose the type of seizures she was having. Morven describes those seizures as funny feelings in the head, tingly fingers and uncontrollable body movements. Later on, she developed seizures that were very similar to tonic clonic seizures. At the moment Morven is on Keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine and she still has seizures but only at night time.
In school Morven had tough time. She was teased because of her epilepsy and the memory problems caused by her epilepsy. She says that because of epilepsy and the memory difficulties, she couldn’t get all the qualifications she had hoped and didn’t feel as clever as she had been when she was younger. However, she has a full-time office job which she really enjoys and she says she wants to progress in it further.
Morven has tried different medications over the years but nothing has controlled the seizures completely. She also had a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) implanted but unfortunately it hasn’t made any difference to her seizures so it will removed in the near future. Over the years, Morven has experienced depression and has found great help from holistic therapy which keeps her nice and chilled out. She says lack of sleep and stress are major trigger factors for her.
The biggest challenge for Morven at the moment is sorting out her living situation. She has moved from home to temporary accommodation to gain more independence. Because she has nocturnal (night time) seizures, she would like to have either an overnight carer or a seizure monitoring system that is sensitive to the type of seizures she has. This would make her feel more comfortable and safer living on her own.
Morven says epilepsy doesn’t bother her that much because she feels her epilepsy is not that serious. She has found great help and support from the epilepsy charity Enlighten over the years and she meets her friends from there weekly. She also enjoys going to gymnastics classes, Highland dancing classes and classical singing.