Readers of Channelling Dolly know that I love to keep things light and happy here. Sometimes though we have to deal with difficult subjects. With November being National Epilepsy Awareness Month I wanted to spread some info about a subject that is near and dear to my heart.
First some facts:
Did you know that epilepsy claims more lives every year in the United States than breast cancer?
1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime.
Over 3 million people in America and over 65 million worldwide have epilepsy. 1/3 of those people have uncontrollable seizures because none of the available treatments work for them.For nineteen years I have worked for a manufacturing company that produces the VNS Therapy for people who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy. We create a device that is implanted inside the patient’s body and sends pulses to the vagus nerve to help control seizures. Before working in this field I had no idea that this disease could be so debilitating. It is an honor to create something that can change the lives of so many patients. We often meet people who are able to finally do things that so many of us take for granted. This gives us all such an appreciation for what we do.
Here are some of my coworkers and I spreading the word:
What can you do to spread the word on supporting the fight against epilepsy?
- Wear purple during the month of November.
- Visit the Epilepsy Foundation website to get information whether you have epilepsy, know someone who does or just want to support the cause.
- If you have children, teach them about seizures in a way that they can understand. This will be very helpful should they have classmates with epilepsy.
Should you want to help through donations the Epilepsy Foundation website has many options from monetary gifts as well as fundraising activities throughout the year. Please check that out!