I was born in Eregli, Konya, on 5 August 1973. I suffer from Friedreich’s ataxia. I'm the first born child of my family. I also have a brother and a sister.
I attended Süme Elementary School in Eregli for three years. We then moved to Etimesgut, Ankara, due to my father's work. In 1988 I attended the private Yükselis Middle School (I was there for four years, including prep year). I graduated from Aktas Vocational High School in 1991, going on to gain a place at the Industrial Electronics Department of the Trade Academy of Selçuk University in 1993.
During our time in Etimesgut, we lived in a shanty. We shared one bathroom, which was in the only bedroom. The front door opened directly onto the kitchen and sitting area, and in this single living room we, the three children of the family, would sleep. Our toilet was outside the house. We lived there for seven years. We were living in the shanty when I went to Yükselis College. My classmates were all children of rich, stylish and sophisticated people. I'm ashamed now to accept the fact that in those days, I felt embarrassed by our house: my father being a villager, my mother wearing a headscarf... I was a naive boy; I thought the world would never end. As if the old would stay old and the children would stay young for eternity. No one is immortal in this cruel world.