Currently, epilepsy is one of the most misunderstood, underfunded, under-recognized and endangering neurological disorder in the United States and it’s affecting the well-being of more than 40,000 people in the MidSouth, living with active epilepsy. Pubic misunderstanding about epilepsy causes social challenges like bullying, discrimination, and depression. People don’t want to talk about it, but it can no longer be ignored in our community.
Epilepsy is not a mental illness. It is not a sign of low intelligence. It is not contagious. It is a brain disorder in which brain cells create abnormal electrical impulses that cause seizures. More than 50,000 people in the United States die each year from SUDEP and seizure-related causes; and it’s imperative that everyone learns seizure first aid. A public educated in seizures first aid can help prevent injuries and help save lives. More than 3.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with epilepsy (3 million adults and 470,000 children) Yet, unless you or someone you love is personally affected, you may know little about it, or hold common misconceptions about the illness.
For those living with the condition, education is the key to a better quality of life. Learning about available treatments, symptom management, and coping techniques gives those with epilepsy the tools to live at their best.
In an effort to eliminate these fears, and in order to help those with epilepsy achieve a better quality of life, our nonprofit provides educational materials and sponsors educational events, for every audience, at every level of epilepsy knowledge, completely free of charge.
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