Author Georgina Peterson's therapeutic book about epilepsy

Coffee Club listeners have heard how a young Merseyside woman has turned to writing to deal with her rare brain disorder.

In their latest book review, presenters Heather Smith and Steve Evans interviewed author Georgina Peterson who has chronicled her life with severe uncontrolled epilepsy.

Freaks Like Me tells the story of Georgie being diagnosed in her late teens just as she was taking her A’ Levels and hoping to get into university.

She recalled how her life changed in an instant when she had her first seizure.

“I remember feeling so scared when I opened my eyes. When my vision came clear they’re was just paramedics and family. They were lighter crying or looked terrified. I remember that and the pain.”

Georgie realised her life was going to change when the seizures continued.

She was diagnosed with an anxiety order and as being clinically depressed.

At one stage attempted to take her own life.

“It was absolutely horrendous. I knew her life was never going to be the same. I was scared for her future.” - Jackie, Georgina’s mum

However, Georgie pulled through and completed her degree at Edge Hill University with a 2:1.

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She still has a regular seizures but said writing the book was therapeutic.

However she added it was mainly about helping other people in the same position as her.

Georgina Peterson with Steve Evans and Heather Smith

Georgina told listeners in the health park about her influential grandad, who was treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre when she was just one year old.

“They said you’ll live 12 months. I always think this place gave him 13 years. I got to know my grandad.”

The biography has now been nominated for one of the James Tait Black book prizes.

Georgina is now writing her second work which she hopes will become her debut novel and continues to work on raising awareness of illness and disability, mental health and bullying.

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