Epilepsy

Let's Shift Our Language When Talking About Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada
Epilepsy Ontario

This suggests that simply shifting our language from "epileptic" to "person with epilepsy" can alter the way others think about those living with epilepsy. Employers, colleagues, teachers, and peers may think of their friends differently if we all start referring to "people with epilepsy" instead of "epileptics."

How I Learned to Confront My Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

It took two years after being diagnosed with epilepsy for me to reach the point where I wanted to talk about it. Two years of struggling to try and understand what the condition was and how it was going to affect my overall health. Two years of discovering the impact it would have on my everyday life. Two years of being afraid that other people's perception of me was going to be different. The difference in my case was that there were many others, beyond friends and family, who already knew I was dealing with a medical condition. They had seen me experience a seizure before anyone had figured out what it was. There were a lot of questions. I just wasn't prepared to answer them yet.

Busting Myths About Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Living
Epilepsy Ontario

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!

Epilepsy Ottawa: Through the Eye of a Volunteer

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

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 you because they're scared of you? These are some of the experiences described to me as a volunteer Administration and Support Co-ordinator at Epilepsy Ottawa.

Why I Speak Up About Living With Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada Living
Epilepsy Ontario

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 story, but this hasn't always been the case. This time last year, I did not want to talk about having epilepsy. I was filled with anger, frustration, and pain.

5 Things You Need To Know About Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living
Epilepsy Ontario

We have come a long way in understanding epilepsy since the ancient Greeks' interpretation of a seizure as divine intervention. Even still, while many researchers are studying epilepsy, the public largely misunderstands the condition. Here are five things they believe people should know about epilepsy.

Undiagnosed Epilepsy Made People Think I Was Acting Out

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Epilepsy Ontario

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 have epilepsy. As a child no one realized I had been having seizures for many years. Instead, they misread my childhood behaviour as misbehaving.

Do All Diseases Need a "Movember" Gimmick?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Josh D. Scheinert

Movember has made a very important contribution to men's health. But in addition to Movember, November is also Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month. But most of us probably didn't know that; you can't grow two moustaches at once. Movember, along with a few other of the more fortunate charitable campaigns, is a behemoth. In its success, which is to be commended, Movember leaves a wake of other, less fortunate charities, patients, doctors and researchers. As this trend will inevitably continue to grow, I'm not entirely sure we should be comfortable with that.

First Epilepsy, Then Homelessness, Then Death

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 06.09.2012 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

Warren used to be a manager of a Sporting Life. Later on, after the fits took over, we'd frequently find Warren sitting on the pavement with a gash to his forehead, or deep cuts on his fingers. These two disparate images were challenging. I wondered what Warren brought to our world; what was his journey all about?