Overcoming the fear: an autoethnographic narrative of running with epilepsy

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Authors: Scarfe, S.V. and Marlow, C.


Journal: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

Volume: 7

Issue: 5

Pages: 688-697

eISSN: 1939-845X

ISSN: 2159-676X

DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2015.1035741

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Through a phenomenological approach, this article explores the identity conflict that arose within a female runner after diagnosis with epilepsy. Utilising a three month autoethnography to track her experiences of returning to running, the first author narrates the effect of epilepsy on her identity formation. Providing a voice that is absent from a research area dominated by statistics, the reader is asked to involve him/herself in the world of this athlete and in turn embrace the use of narratives as a valuable coping mechanism for those with chronic disorders.

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