TV and radio personality Ben Fordham has spoken about his lifelong battle with epilepsy.
The Sydney radio host was first diagnosed at age seven, when he experienced his first seizure.
He told A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw that ‘it scared the living daylights’ out of him.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life … I didn’t know what was going on. I felt like my brain was out of control.”
At the time, his worried parents took him to a local medical centre.
“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,” Ben said. “I knew then, well this is quite serious because dad looks like he’s starting to cry.”
As a new ambassador for Epilepsy Australia, Ben, 38, wants to being awareness to the disease, to help more people understand what it is and how it can be managed.
Since revealing his personal experience, he said he also knew of “politicians who are household names”, who have contacted him to share their stories. But they won’t publicly speak about it.