The Daily Mail Online features epileptic author James Bailey, who has achieved sporting success despite his condition
There has been national newspaper coverage for epileptic author James Bailey, who has excelled at martial arts despite regularly suffering up to 200 epileptic fits every day – or around half a million during his life.
The Daily Mail Online has run an exclusive story about inspirational James, 27, whose epilepsy is so severe that he has been described by doctors as a ‘miracle’ for being able to live a relatively normal life.
James, from Essex, first began having crippling fits after he fell and banged his head on the pavement outside his parents home when he was two years old.
He was diagnosed with ‘uncontrollable epilepsy’ and his parents were warned that he would have to wear a crash helmet every day, would lose the use of the right side of his body, and would effectively ‘not have a future’.
James Bailey has never let his severe epilepsy define him, and has achieved sporting success in boxing and martial arts including Kuk Sool Won, where he has competed for Great Britain.
During his life, 27-year-old James Bailey has had close to half a million seizures when uncontrolled. Despite this he has always maintained a positive, ‘can do’ attitude. His incredible story is told for the first time in new inspirational memoir Light In The Shadows: A Life of Epilepsy.
During school James suffered from unrelenting bullying, with his classmates branding him a “freak” because of his condition.
Along with longer fits of up to 40-minutes duration, he also suffered clusters of shorter ones, with as many as four in five minutes.
But James has refused to be defined by his condition and as a teenager took up martial arts and boxing, despite being warned that another blow to the head could be devastating.
He reached the level of black belt candidate in Korean martial art Kuk Sool Won and won a gold medal in the 2014 European Championships.
He has just published his inspirational memoir Light In The Shadows: A Life of Epilepsy and now plans to provide one-to-one mentoring to others with epilepsy as well as those who have been bullied or suffer from anxiety issues.
Review copies of Light In The Shadows are currently available to the media. To request a copy, contact Anthony.Harvison@Palamedes.co.uk.