Olivia runs the London Marathon
Hey everyone! My name is Olivia Salvati and I am excited to announce that I will be running the London marathon for Young Epilepsy this October. I have epilepsy myself, in which I have absence seizures, myoclonic seizures, and tonic-clonic seizures. For years my epilepsy took over my life and caused me many ups and downs. Nonetheless, I recently celebrated my 2-year tonic-clonic seizure-free anniversary, which has given me a new lease on life. If you spoke to me 3 years ago, I never thought I would be able to do anything like the London Marathon because of my epilepsy, but here I am and I am still in shock.
I am here to prove to myself and anyone with a disability that we can still achieve amazing and extraordinary things, nothing can stop us! This London Marathon is also extra special to me as the London Marathon has gifted me this place, along with 39 other runners for charities, for their 40th anniversary after being inspired by my story. I have just begun my training and will be posting occasional updates and milestones on my Instagram (@livsalvati), and Young Epilepsy's social media (@YoungEpilepsy, https://thechannel.org.uk).
So please follow and donate! Thank you so much everyone! 💜
6 Weeks To Go...
It dawned on me how close the marathon is with 6 weeks to go. I have been really fortunate to not have to worry about my epilepsy on this journey, but now I am finding myself thinking about my seizures more often. Even though I am two years tonic-clonic seizure free, I have never completed this much exercise before because of my epilepsy, as when I was younger, too much exercise would cause a seizure. I am now feeling stronger than ever before, but sometimes it is very difficult to tell those doubts in your head to go away! I have realised throughout my journey that I am more resilient than I realised physically and mentally, and thus proving to myself that anyone with epilepsy is capable of doing anything!