Stuart Ross McCallum's Blog

October 12, 2013

Hi Friends,

I was delighted when Australia's leading organization for people affected by epilepsy approached me for an interview.

My interview is in the spotlight section of their highly-popular magazine, available online and hardcopy.

Thank you, Ross
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Published on October 12, 2013 22:43 • 438 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, stuart-ross-mccallum, temporal-lobe-epilepsy, true-story

January 15, 2013

Hi Guys,

It is a great honour to have my book selected to be one of, Epilepsy Action Australia's product picks.

Beyond My Control is a book written with insight and humour about one man's account of his epilepsy from strange sensations as a teenager to surgery when a part of his temporal lobe was removed.

(See the latest Epilepsy360 magazine Product Picks for more

Thank you,

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Published on January 15, 2013 20:03 • 235 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, epilepsy-action-australia, seizures, stuart-ross-mccallum, temporal-lobe-epilepsy

December 11, 2012


I am honoured and deeply grateful to all who go to the trouble of writing positive reviews for my life story. Knowing that I am assisting people who are going through a difficult phase in their lives is immensely rewarding.

It brings me great pleasure to share one of these reviews with you today.

Thank you
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Published on December 11, 2012 20:45 • 135 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, epilepsy-books, seizure, stuart-ross-mccallum

July 26, 2012

Hi Guys,

I have mentioned the importance of social networking (in the way it is intended to be used) before. While on Twitter, I connected with a very kind person, Pamela Noldan, and she writes about what 'Beyond my Control' means to her.

In several previous posts, I mentioned that I was looking forward to reading a book by Stuart Ross McCallum called Beyond My Control. I had to wait over a week to get it, but it was totally worth the wait. I apologize for taking so long to sit down and write my thoughts about it!
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Published on July 26, 2012 18:19 • 281 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, epilepsy-books, seize-the-crossroads, seizures, stuart-ross-mccallum

May 14, 2012


Social media is rapidly changing our world, allowing us to connect with marvellous people across the globe. I would like to share, Nikki Cricks, review.

Beyond my Control is one of the most powerful heart-wrenching stories, I have been fortunate enough to read. Stuart shares his inner most thoughts with his readers. I truly felt honoured to be on his journey with him.
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Published on May 14, 2012 20:36 • 226 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, epilepsy-books, seizures, stuart-ross-mccallum

January 29, 2012

Hello All:

Just, a short message to say that after three years my book is – finally – available as an electronic book.

Best always, Stuart
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Published on January 29, 2012 21:14 • 169 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, epilepsy-books-kindle, seize, stuart-ross-mccallum

October 5, 2011

Synopsis: Stuart McCallum wrote this book to tell the story about his life battling epilepsy. It starts on a cold day in October of 2003, in Melbourne, Australia, the day of his brain surgery. But before describing the surgery and its challenging aftermath, the story reverts to his upbringing in the far northeast of England. At age seventeen, he began to have his seizure auras: déjà vu sensations, nausea, and headaches. In retrospect, since he describes himself as being "dazed," some of these were probably full complex partial seizures. He saw many doctors, obtaining few answers. Some of the answers he did receive were wrong: for example, the one that declared him to be having psychological episodes and in need of placement in a sanitarium for his mental health. He was put on mind-numbing doses of antidepressant medication. His father rescued him, and Stuart returned to his family home in Australia. Once home, he had his first full convulsion and his diagnostic mystery was solved. Stuart had epilepsy.
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Published on October 05, 2011 18:04 • 195 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, epilepsy-books, stuart-ross-mccallum, true-stories

June 11, 2011

After reading “Beyond My Control”, Epilepsy affects people and their families, in ways that cannot be treated with medication alone. This is especially true for those who go through a long haul, before an accurate diagnosis is made and for those who live with uncontrolled seizures for many years. In “Beyond My Control”, Stuart Ross McCallum takes us along in his journey as a young man, to an adult dealing with the physical and emotional impact of this disorder.
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Published on June 11, 2011 23:30 • 280 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, epilepsy-books, seizure, stuart-ross-mccallum, true-story

June 6, 2011

I am delighted to share this wonderful review by, Danielle Monique.

Beyond My Control is no ordinary autobiography. It is also an examination of how a medical condition affects a man and the people around him. The account is easy to read. It is well written and flows smoothly from one memory to the next. I have read many biographies and autobiographies and Stuart’s book stands up with the best of them.
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Published on June 06, 2011 21:22 • 307 views • Tags: beyond-my-control, seized, stuart-ross-mccallum

May 8, 2011

Every now and then I’ll meet someone, overhear a few whispered words while waiting in line at the grocery, or read a book that will leave me forever changed. And that is precisely what happened when I read Beyond my Control by Stuart Ross McCallum—I was left forever changed.
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Published on May 08, 2011 19:49 • 209 views • Tags: beyond-mycontol, seizure, temporal-lobe-epilepsy