Peter putting out the call to create support group

Peter Burke is calling for people suffering from epilepsy to come together to form a local support group.

Maryborough local Peter Burke is putting out the call to any residents suffering from epilepsy to come together for support and an understanding ear.

Mr Burke was inspired to organise a local epilepsy support group after dealing with the disease himself and found there was a lack of local support.

“I’ve met and spoken to a lot of people over the past two or three years which has heightened my awareness of how many people in town have some form of epilepsy,” he said.

Mr Burke was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1998 and after displaying no symptoms for a number of years, it reared its head in 2012 and forced him into early retirement.

“I didn’t have seizures from about 1999 until 2012 when it came back,” he said.

“My brother-in-law, who is also an epileptic, told me not to take on shift work because apparently that can trigger it. I started a new job where I didn’t intend to do shift work but accidentally fell into it.

“Within the first week I had a seizure and I’ve had them ever since.”

After discovering there were no epilepsy support groups in Maryborough, Mr Burke is now working to get one up and running.

Mr Burke encouraged those interested in the group to get in touch by calling him on 0407 683 828.

For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, June 21

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