28 Sep November Is National Epilepsy Awareness Month
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. The goal of these 30 days this month is to spotlight epilepsy and raise awareness, including sharing your story (get involved!).
ANA 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. It is also vital to support the goals of fundraising and research to hopefully find a cure.
Epilepsy affects approximately 3.4 million people in the U.S, and 1 out of 26 people will develop epilepsy during their life. It is vital to promote the 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).
Although Epilepsy Awareness Month is just one month, at ANA we are involved in epilepsy treatment 365 days a year, 24/7. Our community focus is part of ANA’s mission to make sure every child and adult receives care for epilepsy.
Perhaps one of the most illustrative examples is the story of this epileptic patient below, Stephanie, who celebrated five years seizure-free after surgery.
We share some stories below in order to shed light on epilepsy and the widespread audience it attacks:
- Living With Epilepsy: A Path to a Normal Life
- Understanding Epilepsy: Through the Lens of Patient Success
- Q&A With Epilepsy Expert Dr. Arno Fried
- Epilepsy Treatment Options
- How Surgery Treats Epilepsy