Riley left school wanting to achieve one thing.
Since he was a child, Riley wanted to join the military to serve his country and he did everything possible to achieve his dream.
But things didn’t go to plan.
His first hurdle was when he found out he was colour blind and unable to serve on the front line, so he changed tack and decided to enlist as a medic and was accepted! However, the week before his enlistment Riley had a car accident that he couldn’t understand or even remember.
A few days later, hospital staff realised his car crash was likely caused by a seizure (his first of many that followed) and he was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Tasmanians provide care or help someone with epilepsy
Tasmanians have epilepsy
Tasmanians with epilepsy cannot live their normal lives
Riley’s dreams were dashed.
Epilepsy took away his driver’s licence and his career in the Army.
An epilepsy diagnosis often requires life-changing decisions and most people diagnosed will need a lot of support to help them through the early months of anxiety and trying various medications to repress their seizures.
30% of people will never be able to stop their seizures and these Tasmanians need significant ongoing support and financial welfare.