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Epilepsy Ontario is dedicated to promoting independence and optimal quality of life for children and adults living with seizure disorders. Through a network of local agencies, contacts and associates across the province, Epilepsy Ontario reaches out to people with epilepsy and their loved ones.

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Epilepsy Didn't Stop This Dancer From Doing What She Loves

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 9:30 AM

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"I was afraid of dancing and I hated that."

For Isabel Estrada, who has danced since she was ten years old, epilepsy didn't simply mean having seizures; it meant something she loved, something she had intended to do professionally,...

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This Program Helped My Son With Epilepsy Play Sports Again

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:43 PM

When my son Griffin was diagnosed with epilepsy at two years old, I mourned his loss of minor hockey and other organized sports -- activities I assumed he'd never play. As his parents, we did our best to deal with this new family development. His mom's "mother bear" protective instincts...

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My Husband Had a Seizure in Public and No One Wanted to Help Him

(13) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 6:53 PM

When my husband began having seizures several years ago, one of the things that struck me was the reaction of people around him. Certainly there were almost always people who wanted to help, but there were many more who were horrified by what was happening. Their fear inserted itself into...
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What it's Like to Be a Triathlete With Epilepsy

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 6:14 PM

I'm an endurance athlete with epilepsy. We exist! I've been an active soul my entire life. When I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2007, I did my absolute best to keep participating in the endurance sports I love. I have complex partial seizures and take medications to control my seizures....

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Ancient Therapy Meets Modern-Day Research

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 6:09 PM

The history of medical marijuana and its use for epilepsy is a curious one. The marijuana plant, cannabis sativa, has been a part of folk medicine since antiquity and it has been used in Western medicine since the 19th century. One of its early uses was to control epileptic seizures....

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How Smartphone Apps are Helping to Manage Epilepsy

(3) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 6:06 PM

With the giant influx of health apps on the market it was only a matter of time before chronic disorders such as epilepsy began drawing the attention of application programmers. For those with epilepsy, this is excellent news.

Several apps focus on better documenting and delivering essential information about epilepsy...

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Have You Considered Epilepsy Surgery?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Being an epilepsy surgeon is an extremely satisfying specialty. It is a unique privilege to be able to operate on someone's brain and, in many cases, cure a seizure disorder that some patients have had their whole lives.

Although most patients with epilepsy have excellent seizure control with medications...

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Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:58 AM

Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey's fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned that it could...

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How Schools Can Better Prepare For Students With Epilepsy

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Starting school is always an emotional experience. As the mother of a child with epilepsy, it is terrifying!

My daughter Journey is a clever, beautiful, 11 year old girl who loves life and all it has to offer. She loves to make people laugh and lives to dance and...

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Let's Shift Our Language When Talking About Epilepsy

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:26 PM

As a child, Gena's classmates gave her a hard time for being short, for wearing glasses, and for being "an epileptic." She didn't fully understand her seizures or what they meant, but she quickly learned that being "an epileptic" made her the subject of ridicule.

Gena's family, on the other...

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How I Learned to Confront My Epilepsy

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 6:29 PM

By Mark McAllister. Mark McAllister is a journalist with Global News Toronto. He was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2011.

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It took two years after being diagnosed with epilepsy for me to reach the point where I wanted to talk about...

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Busting Myths About Epilepsy

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition. Chances are you know someone who has the condition. In spite of ongoing public awareness and education programs, many myths still exist. It's time to bust some of those myths today!

Myth #1: Epilepsy is rare.
Actually, epilepsy is more common than many...

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Epilepsy Ottawa: Through the Eye of a Volunteer

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM

By: C. Shane Gracey. Shane is a happy, fulfilled and proud volunteer with Epilepsy Ottawa Épilepsie.

Can you imagine suddenly waking up in the middle of the street or at your place of work with no idea how you got there? Can you imagine losing your job or people avoiding...

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Why I Speak Up About Living With Epilepsy

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 1:23 PM

By: Lia Turner. Lia Turner is a 17 year old youth and passionate advocate for epilepsy awareness

March is Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time when many people with epilepsy share their story to teach people about it and reach out to others with seizures. I'm glad to be telling my...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Epilepsy

(8) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 12:23 PM

By: Michelle Wilson, Communications Lead at the Ontario Brain Institute

It's easy to take for granted that the whole of our consciousness is rooted in nothing more than the complex activity of our brain cells. It's only when activity goes awry that the importance of our immaculately-tuned brain activity becomes...

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Undiagnosed Epilepsy Made People Think I Was Acting Out

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 12:22 PM

It starts with the sensation of a light switch being pulled violently behind my eyes. I lose cognitive control quickly. I can't focus on even a simple task, and I forget what I'm doing while I'm in the middle of doing it. I could pick up a pen, then forget...

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