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November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

Date published: 11/23/2012

November has been designated as Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a medical condition that affects both the mental and physical functions of the body. It is caused when a strong electrical impulse occurs in the brain. This impulse can disrupt the normal function in all or part of the brain, resulting in a seizure.

Epilepsy affects approximately 3 million people in the U.S., and 50 million people worldwide. More than a million people still suffer from seizures despite the various treatments and medications available. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder, and one of the hardest to treat.

Despite the various treatments and medications, there are still approximately 1 million people who continue to suffer from seizures. Epilepsy can affect how well you succeed in school or at your job. Some epileptics lose the privilege to drive, may need to be monitored continuously, or have their lives altered irreversibly. For others, there may be no change.

For more information about epilepsy or how you can become and advocate, please visit the Epilepsy Foundation's website.

Epilepsy is not choosy. It can strike someone you love at any time. I know. I'm part of the 1 million still trying to find the treatment that works best for me.

Charlotte Lomax