Epilepsy support association uganda

In 1983, I fell sick, 3 days after I had completed my PLE examinations. This was a very strange illness to the family and I was bedridden for two months. I later recovered without medical treatment, except on traditional medicine. Three years later, I started experiencing sight problems with pain in my eyes and could not read well. I was taken to the hospital for medical checkup and they found no problem with my eyes. This problem continued for a long time. My first attack happened at school in senior 5, I became unconscious for some time, I later recovered but with bruises. Students were looking at me with shock and this became a common phenomenon. Personal Challenges; -Constant pain, Restriction in movement for fear of getting fits, Feeling of committing suicide, Lack of friends, Personal adjustment to new changes, Discrimination in employment, Verbal abuse, Stigma and prejudice from the community, Becoming ESAU Member: I joined to become a member of ESAU in 2002 with Apac Town Council Epilepsy Support Association Branch where I received counseling, shared experiences and support on how to manage epilepsy and acquire treatment. Benefits of being ESAU member; -Personal management of epilepsy, Training in leadership skills, Training in financial management, Gained confidence, Attended a Course in Denmark through ESAU, Served as the General Secretary ESAU BOD. Conclusion: For 3 years now, I have not had fits but experience some mild sign. I am now living a decent and responsible life. Thank you ESAU and the Psychiatric Clinical Officers of Apac Hospital who are helping People with Epilepsy. Together we can help to bring epilepsy in Uganda out of the shadows. Anthony Ebong - Northern Uganda - Apac District, ESAU MEMBER

Anthony Ebong