I was born with a rare brain malformation which hindered my whole life

“I was born with a rare brain malformation which hindered my whole life. Growing up, I was always tortured by this thought – it could be today, the day that my life ends. I kept asking myself, Will I ever be able to live a ‘normal’ life? I spent days on end in the hospital – just sitting in bed, surrounded with beeping monitors and electrodes attached to my head, going in and out of MRI scans… I often thought about giving up…but I had this teacher who used to go out of her way to come into the hospital just to update me and to encourage me. She never let my condition limit me. When others would see me having an epileptic seizure they would behave as if they were walking on eggshells, but not her. When I was out of the hospital and back to school she always pushed me to play sports and encouraged me to do music… She made me realise that one good person in your time of need can change the course of your life, and that’s what happened to me. She inspires me so much that my dream was to become the same person to someone else. The person who keeps you believing in yourself. Who keeps you going through adversity and hard times. For me, working with NiteLine was the best way to do just that.”


NiteLine Dublin is an anonymous, non-judgemental, non-directive listening service geared towards students. Find out more in the comments section. Our volunteers are available to take both phone and instant messaging calls from 21.00-2.30 every single night of term. Need someone to talk to? Freephone: 1800 793 793