Being Left Alone - Chelsea Leyland

About The Episode

Today’s guest is British DJ and activist, Chelsea Leyland. In the episode, Chelsea tells us about one the most frightening seizures she's ever experienced, Chelsea explains how medical cannabis has allowed her to take back control of her life, and we explore the beautiful side of suffering. 

About The Guest

Chelsea Leyland is a British DJ, medicinal cannabis advocate and epilepsy activist. Chelsea suffers from a type of epilepsy called ‘Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy’ (JME), which she has been battling since her early teens. In 2016, Chelsea made the brave and life-changing decision to wean herself off her strong pharmaceutical anti-seizure medications and treat her epilepsy solely with medical cannabis. Chelsea now uses her platform to raise awareness and destigmatise both epilepsy and medicinal cannabis. A subject she further explores in her moving and deeply personal upcoming documentary Separating The Strains

About The Host

Cressida Bonas is an actress, podcaster and writer. Cressida has had leading acting roles in a number of well known television and film productions - such as her role as Sheila Bamber in the critically acclaimed Netflix series White House Farm. Some of Cressida's other work include roles in the ITV series Dr Thorne, the film The Bye Bye Man, and in theatre productions Mrs Orwell and An Evening with Lucien Freud. Cressida writes a monthly column for the arts and culture section in The Spectator and her written work has been featured in The Telegraph, and The Mail on Sunday

Top Quotes

"Fear of being treated differently, fear of the stigma, fear of being judged, fear that at any moment you can have a fit. That's why I define epilepsy as fear." - Chelsea Leyland

"Suffering makes us better people. People who have had more challenging journeys tend to be on a deeper path." - Chelsea Leyland


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