When 25-year-old Katie Nolan started working, she had one notable decision to make; whether or not to disclose her epilepsy to her employers.
“Legally you don’t have to disclose a condition but I thought it was more fair to,” the Longford native explains. “Once I had a seizure in the staff room of one of my jobs.”
It wasn’t the first time Katie’s epilepsy has affected her life: “When I was in school I had some great friends but I was bullied a lot by boys who said that because I had 15 seizures a day I was making it up for attention,” she explains. “Also, one of the side effects of medication is weight gain, so I was teased for being fat. You then get stressed and upset about that, which worsens the condition.”