And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Saturday, November 21, 2009

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

The challenge is to "Talk About It!" According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is often suffered in silence. Before I was diagnosed, I would not have understood that. However, so many people have come out of the woodwork to talk about how they or a loved one also have epilepsy. So, wear your purple (the color for epilepsy awareness)! In the meantime, let's "talk about it!"

Here are some epilepsy tidbits that are shocking to learn:

* Epilepsy is defined as repeated seizures, which happen at any point in a person’s lifetime due to an inherited condition, an illness or a brain injury of any kind, or (as in my case) for no known reason--it is not contagious.

* Each year, some 50,000 Americans die from seizures and related causes, triggering more deaths annually than breast cancer.

* Three million Americans suffer from epilepsy--it is the third most common neurological disorder in the US after Alzheimer's (dementia) and stroke.

* While approaching an incidence of 2 percent of the population in general, the incidence of epilepsy in infants and kids is somewhere between 5 to 7 percent.

* More people have epilepsy than cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease combined.

* Epilepsy gets much less funding than stroke or dementia, and even less funding than Parkinson’s disease, which affects less than a quarter of the number of people who are affected with epilepsy.

* The high rate of head injuries in soldiers who have served in Iraq portends a wave of epilepsy equal to or worse than the one which occurred as a result of the Vietnam war.

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