Fatima Sana Shaikh opens up about her struggle with epilepsy during interaction with fans
During the AMA session, Fatima answered several questions related to epilepsy. When asked how she manages the disease on the professional front, she said, “I mean I have to go a bit slow. But I can do everything. There are some odd and tough days."
Actor Fatima Sana Shaikh has a neurological disorder called epilepsy which causes seizures or periods of unusual behavior along with loss of awareness. The actress was diagnosed with the disease at the time she was training for Dangal. Most recently, the actress took to her Instagram handle and spoke about her battle during her interactions with fans on the ‘Ask Me Anything’ session.
During the AMA session, Fatima answered several questions related to epilepsy. When asked how she manages the disease on the professional front, she said, “I mean I have to go a bit slow. But I can do everything. There are some odd and tough days. That slows me down. But I have been fortunate enough to work with people I have been dying to work with. And this has not affected my passion and neither have I ever compromised on any effort to do my best. In fact it pushes and drives me to work harder.”
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Further, Fatima also rubbished the old myth about Epilepsy that a patient is forced to smell stinking shoes or socks for bringing him or her into the senses. “This is a myth. Please aisa mat karna (please don’t do this). Already it’s traumatic to come out of a seizure. Last thing you want is to wake up to a stinking shoe! Hahaha! People have done this to me! (vomit emojis) Horrible!” she said. Fatima also cleared the doubt of one of her fans about workouts with epilepsy. “I workout. Keeps the endorphins coming. Makes me feel good. I don’t want to share what medication I am on. Because I don’t want anyone to follow my prescription, it’s not safe. You should do what your doctor prescribes you.” Given that Epilepsy Awareness Month is going on, the actress is actively raising awareness about the same.
Workwise, Fatima was last seen in Thar alongside Anil Kapoor and Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor. She will next be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur and Taapsee Pannu’s production venture, Dhak Dhak.