What is Epilepsy?

As an aspiring writer, it’d be illogical to start a blog and not mention my medical history. I’ve been subject to epilepsy for a while now, and it’s the topic that I know more about than anything. God knows that I’ve only tried to change my expertise by broadening my knowledge of other subjects. But it didn’t work – because I have epilepsy.

Ben Nevis Walk
Ben Nevis Charity Walk, October 2015

Now, don’t go thinking that epilepsy has ruined my life. My life is good – there are improvements to be made, but I’ve got a great family and supportive friends available. I’m not depressed, I have good nights out, I’ve got a place to sleep at night, and I’ve got my career ahead of me.

I’ve also come to terms with my epilepsy. I’ve got the condition, and I’ll live with it, only looking to use the advantages it’s given me.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a very complicated condition. It’s not uncommon for people to be managing the problems caused by epilepsy, with other people viewing the negatives and not knowing about it.

If people are familiar with epilepsy, the epileptic seizure type they mostly recognise is called a ‘tonic-clonic’ seizure. It typically involves the affected person losing consciousness, falling to the floor, muscles going stiff, limbs jerking, and then further unconsciousness for minutes or hours after the initial movement.

But that’s just one type of seizure. When a person has epilepsy, the epileptic seizures that occur include tonic-clonic, tonic, atonic, myoclonic and absence seizures – and people often don’t recognise symptoms that occur.

Although I have the experience of previously having some of those seizures, I’m not a doctor. But if you need more information about the basics of epilepsy and epileptic seizures then you are a real person! I suggest clicking here to take a look at the Epilepsy Action website. Epilepsy Action is the UK’s largest charity that supports people affected by epilepsy. If you’re from the USA, then Epilepsy Foundation appears to offer advice needed for others across the Atlantic.

Speaking Out

To mark the global epilepsy awareness day Purple Day in 2017, Epilepsy Action carried out a survey to over a thousand people with epilepsy. Results found that over half of the people surveyed felt isolated or lonely because of the condition, which really is a lot.

People with epilepsy need to form a stronger, social side to themselves because it’s not right to just brush the problems that occur under the carpet when people turn up at the door. Even though it causes problems, talking about and dealing with these problems with others is the only way of spreading the word on how we can come to manage them. If we build some sort of a bigger database between epileptic men, women, and children, it’ll go on to buy newly diagnosed people with epilepsy easier living time in the future.

The more people that speak out, the more awareness will be made. It’s a huge task, but if everybody chips in, then it will keep happening all the more, making lives so much better for people with epilepsy everywhere.

Useful Websites

Epilepsy Action: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/

Epilepsy Society: https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/

Epilepsy Research: https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/

Epilepsy Foundation: http://www.epilepsy.com/

Becoming a Mum with Epilepsy: http://becomingamumwithepilepsy.blogspot.co.uk/

Young Epilepsy: http://www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/

Purple Day: http://www.purpleday.org/

Seize Your Adventure: http://seizeyouradventure.com/