People usually stay in their comfort zones; I am a true believer now that once you find courage, enthusiasm and inspiration your life will become better. I know that mine has certainly.

 

Steven Certificate

 

As we wait for the new group to arrive with us on Tuesday 22nd May, Steve Connelly offers his reflections once more.

Stay tuned for fresh blogs and new Epilepsy Futures journeys, starting next week…

Last week it was the beginning of the end for all of us at Epilepsy Futures as we were graduating from the original programme, walking out of the Epilepsy Connections building as successful Futures graduates holding our certificates tightly and proudly.

Where does time really go? If we blinked we would have missed the past six months. At the beginning of the programme I was so nervous, afraid, anxious and very much distressed with issues surrounding Futures, i needed encouraged to even walk through the door on the very first day.

Now reflecting on the past six months I am so proud of my self for such an achievement and accomplishment. It’s is so moving and poignant to distinguish the difference in the person I am now and the impact and benefits that Futures has had on my life and can have on someone’s life who is living with Epilepsy.

To be honest when looking back I realised that all the good things in my life are the results of serious changes that has occurred due to my epilepsy.

People usually stay in their comfort zones; I am a true believer now that once you find courage, enthusiasm and inspiration your life will become better.I know that mine has certainly.

I very rarely left my own village, which obviously was my comfort zone because I feel safe there , it was always my safe haven especially if and when I took a seizure lots of people know me and are aware of my condition and know what to do and it’s close to a medical centre.

I have grown as a person during Futures and learnt new skills, I have certainly discovered new insights about different aspects of my life and has got me to think a lot.

Futures introduced me to routine. I had a completely dull, extremely predictable and uninteresting life, with unpleasant thoughts circulating in my mind, before Futures. I suppose this is how your life would be without any changes at all. It’s the total opposite for me now I want to inspire and support people with epilepsy and disabilities and this is now possible.

I have now completed my befriending training which has been fascinating and motivating, and I look forward to becoming a Peer Mentor to the 2nd Futures group which all begins again on 22 May, it’s all exciting.

Futures has been completely life changing and beneficial for myself and I hope it has the same impact on upcoming service users.

 

Steven Connelly