“Epilepsy Warrior” presented by Adele Hauwai

Adele Hauwai is of Ngati-Kahungunu, Tuhoe and Tainui descent. She was officially diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 11, even though she had several seizures when she was younger. She has always been creative and ambitious.

Having over two decades of seizure experiences varying from tonic conic (grandmal), nocturnal sleeping, complex partial and simple partial seizures, as well as auras, she learnt to be resilient and a strong epilepsy advocate, even at school and work.

Courage, tenacity and resilience is what she learnt, even just to get her first university degree for Education Studies at the University of Waikato. It took her five years to complete her three year degree. Her epilepsy and memory challenges caused a lot of set-backs, but as she learnt, never give up!

As an outcome of her journey, she founded a charity, Healing Innovation Hub, merging therapy with innovation to help tackle life’s challenges, including disadvantaged people and those with invisible disabilities. Visit healinginnovationhub.com or facebook.com/healinginnovationhub.

She was part of the Toastmasters International speeches (District 112) in April 2020, where she received second place for sharing her inspiring epilepsy speech and she goes into more depth about her epilepsy journey as she shared her motivational speech “Epilepsy Warrior” at TedX Ruakura on Sunday 20 September 2020.

Adele's quote: "Life is like a seizure. We all have ups, we all have downs. But it’s not the number of times we fall over that count, but the number of times we pick ourselves up again and keep going. Stand tall and never give up."

Watch it below, or click here "Epilepsy Warrior"

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