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Hi there!

Erm my name is Lawrence, the ‘erm’ was for I am not used to doing things like this (talking about me!). I can talk about anything and everything but getting to the subject ‘me’ is like to trying to hack through NASA’s firewall.

I’m a  former Computer Science teacher and Head of Faculty at a secondary school that I used to go to (yeah a little sad I know) . In addition to this I also run a successful web design and hosting company. The idea was forged at the age of 19 in the back of my ICT lesson-where we were meant to be paying attention. I suppose that’s what got me into teaching; making sure that students like me are engaged in their education and are supported to reach their full potential. Now that’s the part I really do love about my job. I love keeping fit and active; sprinting in my younger days and an avid gym goer in my twenties and still am but it takes me longer to recover.

One of the things I’m often asked is "How on earth did you get started in all this?"

I also suffer from epilepsy; I was diagnosed with this at the age of 17. I’ll always remember the day, it was on Christmas eve and I just come home from a 12 hour shift at Marks and Spencer’s. I got in the shower, had some real hard back African food and was ready to kick my feet to watch Star Wars (many people don’t know that I’m a geek, I wear cool very well apparently!) I can’t really remember the following events that led to my first attack, however I do remember waking up on a stretcher going into an ambulance feeling confused. I remember waking again in the early hours of Christmas day in the hospital courtesy of a singing drunk who had the scent to match. My whole body hurt, I felt like I’d been in the boxing ring with Mike Tyson and did more rounds than Frank Bruno.

I believe you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s world.

The doctors visited me and informed me they were unsure of what caused that attack and they were going to refer me to a neurologist. Who later confirmed it was Idiopathic epilepsy (which basically means they don’t know the triggers for it). I was put on medication for it, which seemed to manage it for while. I was able to continue living the dream (can only Americans say that?). In my second year of university I, had a severe epileptic attack, which resulted in me losing my short term memory of the last few years.

So I am writing this blog as a way to document my life. The doctors have told me that my mobility and memory are likely to decline at a quicker rate than most people as I get older, so this is a way for me to share my story with you. It is a place where I can reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly points of my life. If I am blessed with the opportunity to have children and if I am not quite myself they can read.

In all of this I have been blessed with some wondrous people who have journeyed with me through these challenging times and have always supported me. This blog is also a way to say thank you to my gladiators.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I’m thrilled we’re connected and I’m excited for the journey ahead.

With all my love

Lawrence tijjani