Jessica Sharman was a normal 19 year old teenage girl. One day, she suffered a sudden seizure attack on her way to work as a recruitment worker from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, that wiped her memories.
Unable to remember anything including her own name, she had to be reintroduced to her parents and family members, but when she was told she had a boyfriend, she wanted to break up with him since she had no memories of the times they spent together.
Rich Bishop, her 25 year old boyfriend, however did not give up. He managed to convince her to give him a chance and by sheer willpower, he was able to make her fall in love with him all over again.
After a visit to the doctor, Jess was diagnosed with frontal lobe epilepsy in 2010, which would cause her retrograde amnesia if ever the seizures were severe enough.
Jess recalls how her world suddenly fell apart the day of the seizure attack. She woke up on the train with no memories, not even how she looked or what she liked or dislike. She even had to meet her parents, Lisa and Gary Sharman, on the pretense that they were total strangers to her.
After the seizure attack on the 3rd of March last year, she had to take a leave of absence from her work to relearn everything about herself. She remember vividly how she woke up on the ground and couldn’t remember anything at all.
Jess shares that she has had momentary memory losses before, but never one as severe as this. She was told by medics that her memories would likely come back six months after the incident, but on October of last year, she still couldn’t recall the 19 years of life she had lived.
“It’s really difficult losing essentially most of my life’s memories, but the way my parents never gave up on me and how my boyfriend persevered to show me how much he loves me, I believe I can get through this. I might still be afraid that I might lose my memories again in the future, but for now I want to just focus on making new memories with my friends and family.”