Cycling was the pre­scribed rem­edy for 17-year-old Thomas Goodall, who’s had epilepsy since he was five

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When, in 2015, my doc­tor pre­scribed some ‘gen­tle’ cycling once a week, he prob­a­bly didn’t bar­gain on what that would turn into to­day, where I crank out up to 200 miles each week. Dr Scott’s sug­ges­tion was to strengthen the left side of my body, which had been weak­ened enor­mously by the daily seizures I’d been hav­ing since I was five years old.

I was in Year 2 at school when I was di­ag­nosed with epilepsy. I strug­gled to learn any­thing through that en­tire first year and it im­pacted my life enor­mously. I was con­stantly fall­ing un­con­scious and wasn’t able to learn ef­fec­tively un­til my seizures were un­der con­trol. My ed­u­ca­tion fell be­hind. It was brought un­der con­trol, but re­oc­curred when I was 11 dur­ing my SAT ex­ams, in the form of noc­tur­nal seizures. I was tak­ing – and still take – med­i­ca­tion (Car­ba­mazepine) for my con­di­tion, and try to stay re­laxed and have early nights. That aside, I’m to­tally con­vinced that cycling has played a huge role in keep­ing my epilepsy un­der con­trol. It’s a huge re­lease that helps to clear my mind of every­thing else hap­pen­ing in my life. For some that might be stress at home or work, for me it’s epilepsy. Cycling is the only sport I’ve found in which you can chan­nel the negativity in your life and turn it on its head, push­ing harder and harder and break­ing through bar­ri­ers that you never thought pos­si­ble. I have al­ways done long dis­tance cycling, from 30 miles to be­gin with up to 100 miles now. A cen­tury is al­ways a chal­lenge and I al­ways feel proud when I make it to the fin­ish. As for the fu­ture, I’m sav­ing my money to buy a car­bon race bike to take what I do to a more com­pet­i­tive level with cri­terium rac­ing in York­shire. And I’ll carry on run­ning my Face­book page, The Bike Bi­ble, where I’ll con­tinue to fea­ture all those peo­ple who use the bike as a means to mo­ti­vate oth­ers to do some­thing amaz­ing. This sport has an easy habit of do­ing that.

I’m to­tally con­vinced that cycling has played a huge role in keep­ing my epilepsy un­der con­trol

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