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MY CYCLE OF LIFE; Rider battles back to health for charity race.

Byline: | Jenny Morrison

A cyclist who almost died from an epileptic fit days before she was due to do a 45-mile charity ride will start this year's race after battling back to health.

Leanne Richardson, 27, had been in training to take part in Pedal for Scotland when she suffered a massive seizure that left her in a coma. But just weeks after being released from hospital, she was back on her bike and will do the cycle tour between Edinburgh and Glasgow today.

Leanne, of Cumbernauld, said: "This last year has not been easy healthwise. My epilepsy can be difficult to control and I have gone through times in my life where the fear of having a seizure left me not wanting to go out.

"But I decided I wasn't going to let epilepsy beat me."

Leanne had a dangerously long epileptic fit, known as a status seizure, while staying in London last September.

She was raced to hospital where she had to be given drugs and placed in a medically induced coma. Over the next two months, she had repeated seizures - up to 10 a day - as medics battled to get her fitting under control.

When she was finally released after 52 days, she was determined to get back on her bike and raise awareness of the condition.

She added: "Cycling makes me feel physically fitter but I feel mentally stronger, too."

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