Ian Franks is our Chief Columnist and Patient Specialist. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor, in the print media; during which he gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. He was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 1972 and MS in 2002 but continued working until mobility problems forced him to retire early in late 2006.
He now lives in the south of Spain and uses his skills to write his own flourishing specialist Health & Disability website at www.50shadesofsun.com. Besides Epilepsy and MS, Ian is also able to write about cardiovascular matters from a patient’s perspective and is a keen advocate on mobility and accessibility issues.
At some time or another, everyone with epilepsy has to think about telling other people. That involves weighing the advantages and disadvantages of telling friends, family members, and employers; it means ... Read more
My right hand flying up into the air and moving outside of my control was my first clue that something was amiss — in fact I was having an epileptic seizure. As ... Read more