I'm Denise Wottrich, and this is my husband Stephen Wottrich.
(Stephen) I would say to anybody
that has just been diagnosed with epilepsy,
and hasn't got a clue what it is,
"Look out for everything that's being told to you."
"Listen to everything that's been told to you."
"Look out for all the help that you can get,
and don't think anybody hates you for it."
You're a very special person.
(Denise) When I was ten and a half,
for absolutely no reason...
We were in assembly, and I fell backwards.
And the next thing I knew,
I was in a hall, and my mum and father were there.
And I was told I had a condition called epilepsy,
which I had not heard of before.
It had been called the forgotten disease in that time.
Of course, since that time, I have lived with epilepsy.
It's been a part of my life.
But there was never any reason for it.
Although I have taken
many different anticonvulsants,
and we keep trying with the specialists and the doctors,
but, I'm afraid, my epilepsy has never been controlled,
and it is just part of my life.
I'm here to try a new medication,
and they thought it would be better
if the medication was given to us...
- (Stephen) Supervised. - (Denise) ..under supervision.
(Stephen) At the age of 13, I was involved in a very severe car crash.
And I was told I ended up in the car in front.
It did a fair bit of minor damage, which was cuts, bruises.
But when I was released from hospital, no problems.
12 months later, I started having what were called seizures,
so said the doctors.
This couldn't be related to the car crash,
but the car crash couldn't be ignored.
And it's part of my life that I live with,...
..as Denise does.
Part of a very happy life, I'd say I live with.
And I just suffer the seizures when I suffer from them,
but, like Denise, I don't get an aura or a warning of any kind.
I never remember none of it, but I wish I could remember some of it!
That's where me and Denise are lucky.
Because we know each other so well, we know how to support each other.
I can see how Stephen will suddenly go into a seizure,
and I will be there.
And although he may not remember anything,
likewise, I remember nothing, and he supports my seizures.
Unbelievably, I'm 48 now,
this is the first time I've broken a bone in my body!
We have fallen down flights of stairs.
We have fallen flat on our faces on concrete.
But due to the fact that
when you go into a seizure state,
you are limp,
and you don't try to protect yourself,
invariably, we've been very lucky over the years.
And it is mainly cuts and bruises
that require maybe hospital treatment.
(Stephen) You have a medical problem,
and there's lots of medical problems in the world today.
There's lots of help out there,
and if you need it, ask for it,
because there's lots of people willing to give it.
I've got Den, she's got me, and there's a lot more round us.