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Enrique's social life (15 years old) is interrupted due to epilepsy: "After a while you are no longer invited"

Enrique's social life (15 years old) is interrupted due to epilepsy: “After a while you are no longer invited”

Enrique thinks it's important to join the broadcast, also so he can talk about his life. Including about his friendships. “I have one close friend. It's hard to make friends with people with epilepsy. If I agree to something, I regularly have to cancel it, often at the last minute. I've often experienced that the other person thinks I don't want to meet. After a while it won't happen.” I invited you no more.”

His best friend also knows exactly what to do if he is attacked, because it can happen at any time. His mother says Enrique has certain triggers: “Stress and fatigue, but stress in particular is a trigger for him. Both good and bad stress.” It can also happen at school, which is why he adjusted his schedule at his school so that he wouldn't feel so tired and wouldn't have so much stress. “I'm glad the school can give me that, otherwise I wouldn't be able to go to school. Then I suffer a lot from seizures and concentration problems associated with them.”

Joost Winhood from the EpilepsieNL group also sees the disease having a major impact. “It can literally disrupt lives. It has a huge impact on lives. There is definitely a taboo on it among young people and old people. Older people don't say it because they won't get a job, for example.”

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