Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Hidden Challenges of Invisible Disabilities - BBC

by Jessica Holland
Originally published: June 6, 2017
Publisher: BBC.com 

Fighting to make it as an actor can be tough.

“It’s a cut-throat profession,” says Isabella McGough. “You need to look physically strong, and show that you’ve got the strength of mind, body and soul.”

The 23-year-old Londoner is up for the challenge, though, juggling rehearsals with a job at a pub to pay the bills and teaching work on the side. “I’ve always tried to live my life to the fullest and not miss out on anything,” she says.

This is why she hesitates to tell people that she has epilepsy. It’s not the type that’s sensitive to flashing lights, but she’s at risk of seizures if she overexerts herself or doesn’t get enough sleep.