Thursday, November 06, 2008
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. As someone who's had epilepsy since she was 8 and who has a son with epilepsy, I just want people to be aware of what it is and not be so afraid of it. I remember being embarrassed when I had a seizure at school and hearing people talk about it behind my back. When my son had a seizure at school, his experience was entirely different because he was lucky enough to have a teacher whose father has epilepsy. She was able to explain to my son's class what had happened and to make them understand that my son was no different because of this. People with epilepsy don't have demons inside them and we can do pretty much what we want. I was raised to not allow this condition to put limitations on me and I've raised my son the same way. I know seizures can look scary but they don't hurt. If you're curious about what epilepsy is, check out the Epilepsy Foundation's site.