Wear Purple on March 26 for Epilepsy Awareness

Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, with the help of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia. March 26 is now an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. So next Friday, March 26, wear something purple and spread the word about … Read More

Aid sent to people with epilepsy in Haiti

The international community of epilepsy specialists is providing financial support and specialized medical equipment to help re-establish services to epilepsy patients in Haiti. In addition to providing long-term support needed to maintain normal clinical services, the project organizers’ initial goal is to assist in preventing neurological damage and potential risk of death … Read More

Maximizing your Child’s Strengths When Dealing with Epilepsy

Check out the slides from my recent presentation at the Epilepsy Foundation’s November Conference. Maximizing your child's strengths View more documents from jessicaksmith. Jessica K. Smith( Founder and CEO )Founder and CEO Jessica brings a unique perspective to this leading epilepsy blog as she was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teen. She … Read More

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. But, sometimes it seems the month can come and go without mention of a single event to raise awareness. Now, that’s not to say that events don’t happen. Epilepsy Foundation offices around the country are organizing events, conferences and walks to celebrate Epilepsy Awareness. And, they are … Read More

Epilepsy and H1N1

Image of the H1N1 influenza virus taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory. To give you a sense of how widespread this thing is, The American College Health Association recently reported that there were 7,001 total suspected cases of H1N1 on college campuses as of September 4. That was when the kids had … Read More

Epilepsy’s dirty little secret

Epilepsy is not that serious, right? I mean, its not like you can die from it or anything. Right? According to the American Epilepsy Society, “it is very uncommon but not unheard of for people to die with a seizure.” ‘Rare’ and ‘very uncommon’ are what patients hear from medical professionals when … Read More

Solo art exhibition by woman with epilepsy

This fall, an emerging talent in the art world–and a woman with epilepsy–will have a solo exibition in Philadelphia. Cathy Hozack on being an artist“I’ve had epilepsy since I was five. The seizures and strong medications made me tired, confused, depressed and out of touch with reality. Over time, parts of my … Read More

Be your own advocate

The best way to get the care you need is to be your own advocate. Living with epilepsy and taking medications that affect mood and thinking patterns, can degrade self esteem. This can take a toll on the willingness to speak up and say, “Hey, that’s not right!”, whatever ‘that’ may be. … Read More

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