Epilepsy a known neurological condition affecting the nervous system also referred to as Seizure Disorders. The cause of this medical condition is wide and varied from a major car accident, stroke, brain injury, birth defect, genetics, and unknown conditions and factors. Epilepsy affects more than 3 million Americans ranging in age from birth to senior citizens. This disease affects more people than diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease combined. To put it another way, Epilepsy is as common as Breast Cancer.
Five hundred new cases are diagnosed in the United States on a daily basis. Worldwide, Epilepsy affects as many as 50,000,000 people. One in ten people will suffer a seizure during their lifetime. One in one-hundred people will develop Epilepsy. Epilepsy takes the life of nearly 50,000 Americans each day from seizure related deaths. The risk of death increases twenty-four times greater than an average person.
These statistics are surprisingly alarming. With Epilepsy on such a high rise in the United States, people should be forewarned of the complications, affects, and turmoil this disease causes. Epilepsy causes lifelong complications for the patient and family members suffer from the complications caused. When a person has a seizure their memory, function, attention, movement, daily living and responsibilities are turned into turmoil and complications.
A person that suffers from Epilepsy can become disorientated, confused, scared, lost, memory failure, uncontrolled movements, and much more. Epilepsy is not a disease that should be taken lightly. People forget whom they are, where they are, who is with them, how to get home, where home is, how to cook, clean, dress, shower, bathe, and more. Put yourself in their shoes, everything you take for granted showering, brushing your teeth, tying your shoes, what would you do if this were immediately wiped from your memory? How would you cope?
Written By: Ashley Chapman
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