Thorn In My Flesh

Produced by Jonathan Stretton-Downes


'Thorn In My Flesh' is an artistic portrayal which depicts what it is like to be immersed in an epileptic fit. We have aimed to capture the feelings and emotions of the sufferer throughout in order to; evoke emotion in people who do not suffer from Epilepsy.

James has suffered from epilepsy for over 10 years and has had a number of Grand Mal's along with countless smaller fits. This is an interpretation of how he feels when he is immersed in and coming round from an epileptic fit. The inspiration came from looking at how people perceive a person who has had a fit and the feelings and emotions that go through the sufferer once the fit is over.

The name 'Thorn In My Flesh' comes from a passage of Scripture in the Bible, which reads:

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 For when I am weak, Then I am Strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

The title symbolises epilepsy in James, who epitomises how epilepsy does not have to dictate your life and that even with it you can carry on and live life to the full. Epilepsy is James' 'Thorn in the Flesh'. This is his story.


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