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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Candid Johns opens up on 'severe' epilepsy battle


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NRL legend Andrew Johns has opened up on the medical condition which has robbed him of his drivers licence and destabilised his post-playing career life.

Johns developed frontal lobe epilepsy back in 2016 but revealed his “severe” condition had escalated in recent months in part due to concussions sustained during his 14-year NRL career.

Speaking on Fox Sports’ Sunday Night with Matty Johns, the 44-year-old revealed his medication had been recently upped by doctors after a terrifying ordeal over Christmas which resulted in the star smashing his head in a café.

“2016, ‘17, ‘18, I’d have probably one every two months. But the last two have been really severe,” Johns said.

Andrew Johns

“I had one up in Yamba over Christmas where I actually fell over in a cafe and smashed my head.

“The last one I had in New Zealand I was over there surfing with my family and my young bloke, we were out in the water for six or seven hours a day.

“I think about it now because the specialist said I can’t surf on my own. I make sure I don’t go out (surfing by myself).”

Johns assured his condition had stabilized since the incident and now feels “really clear” but it may have been a different story had he not first realised something was wrong three years ago.

Andrew Johns speaks out about health condition

“I was calling a final between Canberra and Penrith down in Canberra in 2016. I was up there commentating and all of a sudden something came on in my body,” he said.

“I went into this trance, this state, and I went into this dream. It’s hard to describe, you go into this deja vu kind of scene and everything goes quiet.

“It hit me, and I came out of it and was just sitting in the comm box and obviously I didn’t say anything for a while. The producer came up and said ‘mate are you all right?’.

“Later that night I went home to the hotel and went straight to bed, which is pretty much a first ... I woke up in the morning and had two big puncture marks in my tongue and it had swelled right up.”

Andrew Johns

Johns was promptly referred to two specialists who identified his condition as a form of epilepsy which was potentially caused by the multiple concussions suffered over his decorated NRL career.

“They can’t be sure what causes it. It may be something that just pops up later in life,” Johns said.

“But they think maybe a contributor could be some of the concussions I’ve had, and some of the continual head knocks.

“I was scared before I had these final scans, because when something goes wrong you Google it and it comes up with the worse case scenario. But the doctors and professionals I’ve seen have said my medication level is right, you can live a normal life.”

Johns currently works as a commentator as part of Channel 9’s NRL on Nine broadcast team.

NRL legend Andrew Johns has opened up on the medical condition which has robbed him of his drivers licence and destabilised his post-playing career life.

Johns developed frontal lobe epilepsy back in 2016 but revealed his “severe” condition had escalated in recent months in part due to concussions sustained during his 14-year NRL career.

Speaking on Fox Sports’ Sunday Night with Matty Johns, the 44-year-old revealed his medication had been recently upped by doctors after a terrifying ordeal over Christmas which resulted in the star smashing his head in a café.

“2016, ‘17, ‘18, I’d have probably one every two months. But the last two have been really severe,” Johns said.

Andrew Johns

“I had one up in Yamba over Christmas where I actually fell over in a cafe and smashed my head.

“The last one I had in New Zealand I was over there surfing with my family and my young bloke, we were out in the water for six or seven hours a day.

“I think about it now because the specialist said I can’t surf on my own. I make sure I don’t go out (surfing by myself).”

Johns assured his condition had stabilized since the incident and now feels “really clear” but it may have been a different story had he not first realised something was wrong three years ago.

Andrew Johns speaks out about health condition

“I was calling a final between Canberra and Penrith down in Canberra in 2016. I was up there commentating and all of a sudden something came on in my body,” he said.

“I went into this trance, this state, and I went into this dream. It’s hard to describe, you go into this deja vu kind of scene and everything goes quiet.

“It hit me, and I came out of it and was just sitting in the comm box and obviously I didn’t say anything for a while. The producer came up and said ‘mate are you all right?’.

“Later that night I went home to the hotel and went straight to bed, which is pretty much a first ... I woke up in the morning and had two big puncture marks in my tongue and it had swelled right up.”

Andrew Johns

Johns was promptly referred to two specialists who identified his condition as a form of epilepsy which was potentially caused by the multiple concussions suffered over his decorated NRL career.

“They can’t be sure what causes it. It may be something that just pops up later in life,” Johns said.

“But they think maybe a contributor could be some of the concussions I’ve had, and some of the continual head knocks.

“I was scared before I had these final scans, because when something goes wrong you Google it and it comes up with the worse case scenario. But the doctors and professionals I’ve seen have said my medication level is right, you can live a normal life.”

Johns currently works as a commentator as part of Channel 9’s NRL on Nine broadcast team.

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