A 36-YEAR-OLD with ill health is inspiring adults after finally passing her GCSE maths 20 years after leaving school.

Sameema Choudhry from finally passed her GCSE with a grade five in maths at Blackburn College, despite having multiple health conditions that affect her day-to-day.

In January 2019, she was taken to Preston Hospital after suffering a traumatic head injury after a seizure.

Despite this, Miss Choudhry did not give up no matter how tough things got, reports our sister title The Lancashire Telegraph.

Miss Choudhry has a type of epilepsy, where she often has seizures and loses a lot of her memory, which is why doing her GCSEs has been hard since she was a little girl.

She said: “One has to have faith in themselves to pursue their goals or dreams. It is very difficult for some people to understand what a person with an invisible illness such as epilepsy goes through. People often judge others without a thought.

“Epilepsy is not just a seizure, there are many types not just one, It’s the lack of control, sudden onset, worried family and friends, memory loss, dizziness, the jerks, pain, headaches, confusion, nausea and more.”

Miss Choudhry would forget everything prior to a seizure and she would have to relearn things for her exam.

The former teaching assistant received her grade alongside her niece and nephew, who both attend Pleckgate High School in Blackburn.

She said: “We are all extremely proud of one another and I am proud to have achieved my grade, it is more than what I expected.

Miss Choudhry also suffers from postictal delirium after her seizures, which often causes confusion and a reduced awareness of the environment.

She said: “I hope I can inspire others that giving up is not an option no matter what your age or condition is.”

Miss Choudhry already has a degree in advanced early years and IT and started working as a teaching assistant.

Her next step is to complete her English GCSE as she decides whether to go into teaching or nursing.

She said: “I am hoping I can inspire people and want to write a book about my experience.

Miss Choudhry’s tutor, Ruth Harrison, said: “Sameema worked extremely hard to ensure she passed her maths, never letting her illness get her down.

“She was inspiration to both students and staff and thoroughly deserved her grade five.”