• Sharon Smith

November is National Epilepsy Month

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. The goal of these 30 days this month is to spotlight epilepsy and raise awareness. HEF is a strong advocate of this effort, and of the epilepsy community. We support the goal of educating the public about epilepsy and seizures, and to fight social stigma and ignorance.

Although Epilepsy Awareness Month is just one month, at HEF we are involved in epilepsy & SUDEP awareness 365 days a year, 24/7. Our community focus is part of HEF mission to make sure every child and adult receives care for epilepsy.

Epilepsy affects approximate 2 million people in the U.S. It is vital to promote diagnosis of this condition in order to alleviate seizures and their impact, improve quality of life, and even prevent death (SUDEP—sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).

One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lifetime and an estimated 3.4 million people in the US are living with epilepsy. It is the fourth most common neurological disease after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Despite these staggering numbers, epilepsy remains a disorder that is largely misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives.