It Doesn’t Discriminate

Epilepsy can strike anyone.

Any Where.

At any time…

It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of age, sex, station in life or sexual preference.

If you have a brain, you are at some risk of getting epilepsy.

You CANNOT catch it.  If you sit and have coffee with someone and they have epilepsy, you are at no higher risk. They can sneeze on you, they can cough on you, they can kiss you and you have no higher risk of getting epilepsy than you have just because you have a brain.  You can even help someone who is having a seizure to stay safe while they are seizing and not have to worry about getting any of it ‘on you’.

From Medicine.net

Epilepsy (seizure disorder): When nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses at a rate of up to four times higher than normal, this causes a sort of electrical storm in the brain, known as a seizure. A pattern of repeated seizures is referred to as epilepsy.

Sometimes there is a cause that can be pinpointed (usually by an MRI or CAT scan) but not always.

Epilepsy doesn’t discriminate… but people with Epilepsy are often discriminated against.  Because people don’t understand what is going on or what is causing the situation, people get afraid.

People with Epilepsy can do almost everything everyone/ANYONE else can do (Two exceptions legally in the US… in some cases people who’s seizures are not controlled by medicine that they take every day are not able to drive cars… people with epilepsy are not able to serve in the military).

Today is the first day of epilepsy awareness month.  We are turning the world purple this month.

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