Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What is Epilepsy?

Hello Lovelies,

What is Epilepsy? Many think they know but many are very wrong. My goal this month is to help educate you as best I can about Epilepsy and to help fund research.

The Epilepsy Foundation explains Epilepsy as follows:
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. 
A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. One in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime during their life. 
Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. They can have many symptoms, from convulsions and loss of consciousness to some that are not always recognized as seizures by the person experiencing them or by health care professionals: blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements of arms and legs.

For everyone the experience is different. Some people have one symptom and others can have multiple combinations but the point I'm trying to get across is that Epilepsy DOES NOT EQUAL convulsions in every person with this condition. For Megan, the symptoms never told her Epilepsy and when she finally did have a Grand Mal Seizure (convulsions) that's when she found out that what she couldn't explain had a name.

We, as a public, as uneducated about something that affects so many people. Get Seizure Smart.

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