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Me.
Me.
Monthly visit.
Monthly visit.
First you become confused, disorientated, your eyes twitch and you lose your balance. Your jaw locks and your muscles harden up.
First you become confused, disorientated, your eyes twitch and you lose your balance. Your jaw locks and your muscles harden up.
It's everywhere.
It's everywhere.
The seizure takes hold of you as you convulse violently.
The seizure takes hold of you as you convulse violently.
You miss driving.
You miss driving.
Then you blackout.
Then you blackout.
You cry afterwards because of the pain.
You cry afterwards because of the pain.
You feel alone most times. Angry. Jealous of 'normal' people.
You feel alone most times. Angry. Jealous of 'normal' people.
F**k you Epilepsy. My brain might be broken but my body is strong.
F**k you Epilepsy. My brain might be broken but my body is strong.
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'What Epilepsy Looks Like' is a personal story where I documented my medical condition Epilepsy. The debate around the legal use of medicinal marijuana is raging throughout Australia yet the government refuses to allow it to be used as a legitimate form of medical treatment despite all the evidence that it has an 100% success rate in treating Epilepsy, Alzheimers and Multiple Sclerosis. Reading the online comments it was discerning to see that many throughout the Australian public agreed with the ban on medicinal marijuana, yet these very people are not suffering from a condition that controls their life. I wanted my project to challenge those whom oppose the treatment. I intentionally set out to be raw and confrontational, even photographing the aftermath of an actual seizure I had just suffered. My goal was to ignite empathy and debate, where the issue is not only based around legalities of the drug use, but bring a humanistic element to it.

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