Carina Brewster

My Activity Tracking


My target 100 kms

I’m taking part in Walk for Epilepsy around Australia because...

On the 22nd of December 2020, my last day of work for the year, I drove myself to a neurologist appointment expecting him to say the bizarre episodes I was experiencing that were getting worse literally by the day had something to do with stress.

I had had a big year, in a big job, working from home in lockdown navigating 5 children with my husband.  Twenty minutes after entering his office I was diagnosed with Left Temporal Lobe epilepsy at the age of 38. 

My drivers license was taken from me immediately and I was told I could not drive myself home. I was shattered. I did not understand what was happening.  I had to make decisions about medication immediately for a diagnosis I had no knowledge about. 

I left the neurologist still trying to calm my crying through a face mask with a script and referrals for all sort of scans and EEGs that I didn’t understand, and was told the first port of call was to eliminate any chance of a brain of tumor.

Needless to say Christmas with my family of seven that year was a little rough.

After 2 weeks too long it was confirmed I didn’t have a brain tumor, in fact they couldn’t find anything at that stage that caused my Epilepsy, and there are no triggers that could be identified - I just had to accept that’s what it was.

Fortunately now, neurologists have found I have an abnormality on my left temporal lobe which is the likely cause.

My short journey with epilepsy has had it challenges.

My first one was losing my license, getting it back, and then losing it again and the cycle continues.

There have also been three different types of medication I have tried so far at different dosages to keep the seizures under control – none of them quite doing their job.

I’ve tried to navigate the side affects of each of these medications as best I can like depression, what I would describe as general fuzziness, and memory loss.

There was starting a new job and feeling like I needed to tell my manager I have epilepsy, and the worry about judgement that might come with that,

There was also the week long of uncontrollable seizures a few months into starting my role that came out of the blue and, how epilepsy makes you question your mortality and what's most important.  At the back of your mind always being anxious about the next time I will have a seizure, not if.

I don’t want you to feel sad or sorry for me. It is my reality and I have the best support network I can possibly have. I have changed my neurologist to a man who is just bloody awesome (shout out to Professor Mark Cook), my husband Bart is second to none, along with my family.

My story is only one of many, and one where epilepsy's impact has been less severe. Think about that.

It took me nearly 12 months from my diagnosis to openly share my story. It was the 2021 Walk for Epilepsy that connected me with others who knew what I was experiencing, and made me feel it was ok to open up.

So many people in my network of friends, family and colleagues have their own personal stories about themselves or loved ones that really brought to the fore how common epilepsy is, how vastly different people's experiences are, but also how much further we need to go to educate others. 

Because of this, my family and I have committed to participating in the Walk for Epilepy every year to support much needed research and education. 

My Achievements

Ready set go!

You're on your way to becoming an Epilepsy Champ! Signup complete

Sharing is caring

Let the world know that you're helping those living with epilepsy on your socials

Back yourself

Self donate to show your friends and family how its done

First donation

Got your first donation! Well done!

Halfway Donation Milestone

You've hit the half way mark for donations! Keep up the good work

Smashed it!

You've hit your goal! We couldn't be more proud of you

First km complete!

Well done! Keep the momentum going!

Half way there

You've reached the halfway mark of your challenge, keep pushing forward!

You did it!

You've smashed your goal! We couldn't be more proud of you


Thankyou, you've raised $500!!! A Walk for Epilepsy pack is coming your way!


Thankyou, you've raised $1000! You're in the draw to WIN an Apple iWatch


Thankyou, you've raised $2000! You're in the draw to win a $1000 Rebel Sports Voucher

Thank you to my Sponsors




Barni Evans

Wishing you all the best on your epilepsy awareness walk! Your dedication to this cause is truly inspiring, and I have full confidence that your efforts will create a significant and positive impact. Thank you for being such a dedicated advocate for epilepsy awareness.


Karen Noble



Michael Verhoeven


Jules Norton Selzer

Thanks for sharing your story and being vulnerable Carina. It's really inspiring - and amazing achievement to boot!



Thanks for sharing your story! Awesome cause and great initiative.


Nicholas Muriale


Nexon Asia Pacific

Your donation was proudly matched by Nexon Asia Pacific.


Pete H

Well done Carina


Jay S

Good Luck Carina - great cause!


Niall Keating

Go Carina!



Go Carina! fantastic effort ❤️


Soumya Jay

Go Carina!! Proud of you❤️


Kathy Schokman

Incredible Carina!



You are an inspiration Carina!


Tom Addy

Good luck Carina!


Sharon Rooney

What a warrior woman you are! Great to see you raising awareness of this health issue. Wishing you the very best with the run and fundraiser x


Charlie Kendle

Carina and family- well done for raising awareness for a great cause! 🙌💪🏼👍


Sandy Iyer


Thish Muthukudaarachchi

Thanks for sharing your story Carina and good luck with the walk.


Anony Mous

Nice work!


Melinda Shrimpton

Thank you Carina for sharing your story. I know it’s not easy to open up but I truly believe the more people are aware the better outlook plus we can all support you and you incredible family. Stay strong. I wish for you love and strength always. Well done on this incredible challenge you’ve set yourself. Xx 🙏🏼


Manar Rezkallah

Great cause and motivation. Go Carina Go!