Lottie Wynn, 37, who is often left ‘black and blue’ after an epileptic seizure, faces rude comments and looks from the public who assume she was spanked
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A woman who is often “black and blue” after an epileptic fit says strangers assume she was in a fight.
Lottie Wynn, 37, is often met with rude comments and stares from the public who assume she was spanked.
The customer service representative is seen with black eyes and lacerations after hitting her head during a seizure.
Lottie, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is sharing her story to help raise awareness of epilepsy-related injuries to prevent judgmental stares.
“Unfortunately, it’s pretty common for me to sustain an injury during a seizure,” she said.
“I always seem to fall forward and hit my head. Once I came around and blood was pouring down my face.
“It turns out I had a radiator planted in my face when I had a fit. I needed stitches and now have a scar on my right eyebrow.
“I also had black eyes after a seizure and a huge bump on my forehead.
“I do my best to cover up bruises, but it can be difficult when my face is swollen. The bruises make people feel like they should be careful with me because they think I got into a fight or got hit by a partner.
“Nobody ever thinks it’s an epileptic injury. I feel vulnerable and uncomfortable with being hurt in public. Someone asked me if I had an argument with my partner, which made me very uncomfortable.”
The single woman explains that there are many symptoms that accompany the condition.
She suffers from loss of consciousness that causes her mind to go “completely blank,” along with convulsions and seizures.
“Epilepsy is so misrepresented,” she added, “it’s not what people think it is. It’s not just cramps and fainting, there are other symptoms as well.
“I have twitches every day, but my brain is completely blank. I’ve had epilepsy for probably 99 percent of my life and I didn’t know it.
“I used to have frequent fainting spells and fainting spells, but it took me years to get a diagnosis. I never thought it would be epilepsy until I was diagnosed in March 2022.
“Luckily I haven’t had a seizure in 12 months and I’m hoping to get my driver’s license back soon.”
Lottie is now sharing her story to make people think twice when they see someone with bruises.
She said: I want to open the big picture and remove the assumptions.
“It’s about stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. I hope people can be more compassionate and compassionate when they see someone with bruises on their face.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/people-assume-ive-been-beaten-27330835 "People assume I've been beaten when they see me after dangerous seizures"