TSA Blog

  • SCAN Mental Health and Wellbeing - Carolyn and Charlie's story

    ‘I’d put on my armour and march out there – nobody in the system was asking how I was’ It took a TSA T-shirt worn by a participant at a fun run to prompt TSC parent Carolyn Bailey to finally reach out for help. At 47, she had spent the past 18 years battling the NHS, the education system and social services alone - bar for the support of her husband Paul, daughter Holly, 27, and a handful of close friends - on behalf of her teenage son Charlie, who was diagnosed with TSC as a .. ...more

  • SCAN Mental Health and Wellbeing - Ian's Story

    ‘Don’t hide it, don’t deny it’ Ian Green is 54, has a loving family around him and a full time job. Eleven months ago he was contemplating taking his own life. ‘I had meningitis when I was two years old,’ says Ian, ‘and after that I started to have epileptic fits. I have no warning when I am going to fit – some people do, but I don’t – and that can make things a wee bit scary for me and people around me. ‘Sometimes I can go six months without a fit, and other t.. ...more

  • SCAN Mental Health and Wellbeing - Lottie and Ed's story

    Lottie’s story Freddie Norton-Usher is now a very lively 2 and a half year old, but a little over a year ago the Norton-Usher family’s world was turned upside down. ‘Freddie was absolutely fine, completely normal, until one day when, out of the blue, he went limp, completely floppy for about 30 – 40 seconds. We did not know what was going on. It was terrifying and we thought Freddie had died.’ In that instant Lottie and partner Ed’s world change for ever. An ambulance ride.. ...more

  • Medical writer Corinne Swainger joins Rescom

    Freelance medical writer Corinne Swainger is the most recent addition to Rescom, the TSA’s committee that oversees investment in research for both treatment and a cure for TSC. As well as more than 20 years working in pharmaceutical-healthcare communications, Corinne has an intimate knowledge of TSC, having been diagnosed at the age of 28. “As a teenager, I had a few TSC symptoms but no idea about what they meant. These included some red skin on one side of my face, which looke.. ...more