This is a true story that is stranger than fiction. It’s much worse than what happened to Drew Barrymore’s character on 50 first dates.
Last March, 19-year-old Jessica Sharman from Tunbridge Wells in the UK suffered a series of seizures so severe that she had to re-meet her own family.
Jessica was diagnosed with frontal lobe epilepsy in 2010.
It happened on March 3. She was on her way to work, on the tube. Her 25-year-old boyfriend Richard Bishop was with her and he held her up before taking her to the office.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Jessica said. “Momentary amnesia was normal for me after seizures. But an hour or so later I saw this woman running towards me I had no idea who she was. It was my mum, and I just stared at her blankly.”
Lisa and Gary Sharman, Jessica’s parents, had to show her a series of family pictures to convince her that they were related.
But Jessica didn’t even remember her name or what she looked like, so it took her a while to agree to get in the car with her mother.
“Sensing my fear, mum put a reassuring hand on my knee, I shrugged her off. The gesture felt too intimate from a stranger.”
And the first time she was left alone with her boyfriend after the fit, she “hated it”. He took her to their favorite park but she refused to walk next to him or hold his hand. She felt so bad that she even considered ending the relationship.