Bravo, Ben Fordham, for speaking out about this often-misunderstood condition.
Ben Fordham has spoken about his longstanding battle with epilepsy in a candid interview with A Current Affair.
The Sydney radio host and television personality, who first revealed last month that he had the neurological disease, told the Channel Nine show he had his first seizure at age seven — an experience that he said ” scared the living daylights out of” him.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life,” the 38-year-old told A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw in an episode aired last night.
“I felt like my brain was out of control.”
After his first seizure his parents took him to a medical centre, where was diagnosed with the condition.
“I remember sitting in there and I remember seeing my dad, I think it was the first time I’d seen a tear in my dad’s eye,” the 2GB drive presenter said on the popular program.
“I knew then, well this is quite serious because dad looks like he’s starting to cry.”
In September, Fordham spoke to The Daily Telegraph about his battle and said when he was a child, even a mild seizure would leave him feeling “seriously afraid of the world”.
“I didn’t recognise my own brother or sister,” he said.
“I was there but I wasn’t there. I used to describe it like hearing voices but it was more an overwhelming sense of looming catastrophe – something really bad was about to happen when in fact it wasn’t.”
Fordham, who has been on medication since he was a child, added that he couldn’t do his media jobs if his epilepsy were not so well controlled.