November 6, 2008
Here is a little ammunition to get the conversation rolling:
1. Epilepsy outstrips AIDS in annual deaths
2. Some 181,000 persons will develop Epilepsy each year.
3. The Department of the Army estimates that as many as 50% of returning injured Iraq and Afghan vets will develop E. within the next 15 years.
4. The same percentages apply to veterans from the VietNam war.
5. An epileptic "seizure" is not necessarily a "convulsion".
6. There are an estimated 22 different seizure types.
7. 1 in 50 people already have Epilepsy.
The most important thing an individual with E. can do for himself is to stand up and identify as a person with E.
Stigma, or a feeling of disgrace or shame can be eliminated if we stand up and speak out. Stigma is the most dangerous aspect to life with Epilepsy.