Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million Americans. An alarming number to understand how important it is to be aware of what epilepsy is. Yet most Americans do now know how to properly recognize and respond when someone is having a seizure. My question is if you saw someone having a seizure, would you know what to do?
Robert Fiore, founder of Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate, continues to run miles for epilepsy, bringing awareness and valued resources for many by educating others so they understand and epilepsy.
For several years, I have learned a lot from Robert about epilepsy, he educated me about the condition and challenges those who have it have to face every day, every month and every year. One of the biggest challenges is bringing forth and educating those who are not familiar with what is referred to as "brain thunders" - epilepsy. That is why learning about the condition could help save a life and prevent serious injury. That's why it is important for schools, hospitals and businesses distribute proper information about epilepsy and encourage their staff, customers and colleagues to learn about the condition as one in every ten Americans have had, or will have, a seizure at some point in their lives.
Since 1969, the Epilepsy Foundation has celebrated National Epilepsy Awareness Month. It wasn't until 2003, Congress declared November as National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
And, as emphasized from Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate, Robert Fiore, "Epilepsy is a neurological condition that produces brief disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain that can cause people to have seizures. Epilepsy affects more than 3 million people in the United States. Epilepsy is non-discriminatory. It affects any age group, gender, race or ethnicity. Here in Connecticut approximately 60,000 people have Epilepsy."
Knowledge is like a parachute - it works best when it is open. Knowledge about epilepsy works best through awareness, education and understanding what epilepsy is and why it is important to bring forth the many facets of epilepsy.
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