New Diagnosis Program

New Diagnosis Program

The BC Epilepsy Society’s New Diagnosis Program offers participants an interactive opportunity to learn about their epilepsy and the practical matters they will need to know.

The New Diagnosis Program combines medical information with practical recommendations from the real-life experiences of facilitators living with epilepsy.

Participants will learn about:

  • The different types of seizures
  • The importance of determining your type of seizure and its triggers
  • What a seizure threshold is and how to keep it high to prevent seizures
  • How to safely do the activities you love
  • How to alter aspects of your life if that becomes necessary
  • Some of the many ways the BC Epilepsy Society can offer support, information, and advocacy for people living with epilepsy

Both facilitators of the New Diagnosis Program have lived with epilepsy for long periods of time and are happy to share their knowledge and experience with group participants.

Meet The Facilitators:

  • Deirdre Syms: Deirdre has lived with epilepsy since she was a child. She is passionate about finding ways to safely live life on her terms and helping others to do the same. She is currently working on her MSc in Applied Neuroscience. She loves her family and dancing, and she is convinced she has the best job in the entire world!
  • Christine Jamieson: Christine is passionate about sharing her epilepsy journey. She is currently working with the BC Epilepsy Society as the Epilepsy Outreach & Education Worker and hosts workshops at schools on epilepsy awareness and seizure first aid. She holds the titles of Miss BC 2018 and Miss Canada 2019 and loves spending time outside and with her many pets.

For more information on the New Diagnosis Program, please contact Deirdre at or at 1-778-533-0790.

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