National award for brave, young, inspirational writer

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A young woman from Belper has been hailed as an inspiration after winning a national award for shining a light on her experiences of epilepsy.

Emily Donoghue, 20, won the Inspirational Shining Star Award at the Young Epilepsy Champions ceremony in London on Wednesday, May 18.

The awards celebrate the achievements of people living with the condition, their families, carers, teachers and support networks, and those who fight discrimination to make society more inclusive.

Emily, who works as an administrator at the Royal Derby Hospital, won for the way in which she has opened up about her own life in her blog and a new book, sharing stories and struggles which have inspired others.

She said: “I cannot believe it. I feel so proud that by writing about my experience with epilepsy I am inspiring others.

“I never let my condition hold me back and I hope by me winning this award shows others they shouldn’t let epilepsy get in the way and they really can achieve anything.”

Emily was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of ten after experiencing absence seizures, which later developed into more complex epilepsy.

But throughout it all she has maintained a positive outlook and become a dedicated advocate for epilepsy awareness, devoting her time to learning more about her condition to help others in a similar situation.

She is now a regular contributor to Living Well with Epilepsy, a leading provider of news, personal stories and awareness events for the global epilepsy community and is about to publish a book to help young children understand their condition and to raise funds for epilepsy charities.

For more information, visit www.youngpilepsy.org.uk.