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Ask an Epileptic: A new column

QuestionsNeed some answers on what it’s like living with epilepsy? Why not ask an epileptic?

Listening to NPR the other day, I heard the journalist Gustavo Arellano mention his nationally syndicated column, “¡Ask a Mexican!.” This is Arellano’s forum to answer any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority (his words, not mine). Now I’m not Mexican, but the title of the column got me thinking. I wondered if there was anything like an “Ask an Epileptic” column out there.

I did a few searches and wasn’t surprised to find that no one had taken this on. Then, I thought the word “epileptic” might really annoy some people. But I figured if people actually read the questions and answers then it is worth annoying some to help many.

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As I move through life I spend more time that you can imagine (well, maybe YOU can imagine) explaining to people the basic facts about epilepsy. The interaction is most often positive and I generally walk away thinking, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great to find a way to replicate these one to one situations on a larger scale.” I’d like more people to get the message faster.

So, as I continued my drive home (yep I drive), I wondered if this might be the solution. “Ask an Epileptic,” could be a way to reach many people with the same or similar question quickly.

Call for Questions

Okay, so here goes. You can submit questions on facebook and twitter. You can comment below or you can use the form here.

  • If you have a question you want to ask now, just comment below.
  • If you have epilepsy and want to submit a question you are asked all the time – go ahead.
  • If there is one myth that you come across all the time submit it. (as a question)
  • If you have always wondered… submit it.

You get how this works.

I will gather up questions from the form below, comments, twitter and facebook. The deadline to submit questions in this round is July 31 at Noon ET.

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