Epilepsy Awareness Month by Ellie Prowse

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month in 2019 will take place in November.

Anyone with a brain can get affected by epilepsy. One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy sometime in their life. 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year. Epilepsy is the fourth most common visual disease after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Despise this, epilepsy is largely misunderstood by the public and it is also discriminated against

Despite these numbers, epilepsy remains a disorder that is largely misunderstood by the general public and is discriminated.

Anyone can develop epilepsy at any time. Everyone should know about the impact of it and what to do if someone is having a seizure.

That’s why National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM) is so important! It is our chance to teach others what a seizure is, and is not. Let’s dare to imagine a society free of stigma, fear, isolation, discrimination and seizures. A community that’s safe, supportive and accommodating of those living with epilepsy. During the month, the EFEPA (Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania) works to spread awareness across our region through community events, local partnerships, social media campaigns and lightning the towns and cities of 18 countries purple to declare November National Epilepsy Awareness Month!

Educating others about what to do when someone who has epilepsy has a seizure. Stay with the person and time how long their seizures are. Keep the person safe, move or guide away from harmful objects. Turn the person onto their side if they are not awake and aware. Don’t block airway, put something small and soft under the head, loosen tight clothes around neck. Do not put anything in their mouth. Don’t give water, pills or food until the person is awake. Do not restrain. Stay with them until they are awake and alert after the seizure. Most seizures end in a few minutes.

If seizures last longer than 5 minutes, repeated seizures, difficulty breathing, person is injured, pregnant or sick, person does not return to their usual state, seizure occurs in water or first time seizure call 999.

By Ellie Prouse