Our film tells the personal story of Olivia, now in her final year of university, who first experienced the significant impact of absence seizures when she was eleven years old.
The film highlights the stark reality of losing consciousness and missing out on time, set against the experience of medical investigations. The film shows a ballet performance, for others it is lessons at school, time with loved ones, and missed experiences throughout their lives. It’s time they never get back.
Absence seizures currently affect around 10,000 children in the UK and can happen between 50-200 times a day. Because of the nature of the seizure, which can appear like black outs or daydreaming, few children receive the support they need and formal diagnosis is also often hard to get.
Absence seizures are just one of 40 different types of epilepsy. A Young Epilepsy survey in 2018 found that on average, diagnosis for children and young people with absence seizures took over eighteen months; more than 4 in 5 children and young people with absence seizures fall behind in the classroom; and lifestyle implications can also be severe.
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