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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Roseanna’s story

Roseanna is approaching 50, a major milestone for many. She has an adolescent son who lives with her former husband, a short drive from the home she shares with her loving partner and carer. They live in a converted mill in Gloucestershire, amongst rolling hills and wonderful views. She is both an artist and an aspiring writer. She talked to us about her life, her experience of her condition and her choices.

I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was nine years old. I’m now nearly 50. After the diagnosis was made, it was apparent that I’d had epilepsy all my life. Over the years, it has got progressively more intense, and as it gathers momentum, it seems that no treatment can control it. I have a range of different kinds of fits ...

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