By Debbie McGrath
Co-Founder Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana
Plans are being made at the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana for the kickoff of National Epilepsy Awareness Month this November to pay tribute to the over 153,000 children, adults, and veterans living with epilepsy and seizure disorders throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.
The Foundation strives to serve those bravely battling seizures, many on a daily basis, by providing help, hope, and support so they can overcome the myriad of challenges and heartbreaking consequences created by this very misunderstood and many times feared neurological condition.
Epilepsy is the most common of the chronic serious brain diseases. It can be life-threatening and can lead to devastating outcomes for the individual and their family. The prevalence of epilepsy among Americans is staggering as the Institutes of Medicine report that one in 26 individuals will develop epilepsy. Additionally, there are more than 40 different seizure types and syndromes comprised of epilepsy, and sadly, about 35% of Americans with epilepsy suffer from uncontrolled seizures.
Many times, psycho-social issues impair them as they suffer from worry, fear, isolation, rejection, embarrassment, and behavioral issues. Other conditions are also extremely common with epilepsy like depression/anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, migraine, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana invites you to be an ally in the fight to end epilepsy! Go to www.efky.org, or call 502-637-4440 to learn how you can help make a difference!
I'm Debbie McGrath, and that's my Point of View.