Therese Lerjestam

My name is Therese but people call me Tessie. I’m 25 years old and I live with my boyfriend in an apartment in the city of Karlstad, Sweden. I’ve had epilepsy since I was 10 years old and my most common seizures is absences. I work in an office where I take care of the economics and administration. I love my work and my workmates.
In my spare time I love to hang out with friends, do some scrap-booking or listen to music. I’m also the chairman of the Epilepsy Association in Värmland and I love it! We have been attending a children’s fair in the town of Karlstad for 3 years and we have been getting very much positive response. Our work is hard but it really pays off fast.
Every summer I’m leader of the summer camp for youths with epilepsy which is held by the Swedish Epilepsy Association and that’s the most fun thing of the whole year, to see the joy in the youths eyes when they arrive and get to meet their friends again. That’s why I want to be an advocate to raise awareness and make people see what epilepsy is really about and make them aware of the importance of the knowledge of what epilepsy is and what to do when a seizure strikes.

Age Diagnosed: 10
Location: Sweden

Hobbies: I would love to be an advocate in my community because I want to raise awareness about epilepsy in my region and make people understand the importance about epilepsy and that it can happen to anyone anywhere.

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