Epilepsy Awareness Month! Do you know what to do?

It’s Epilepsy awareness month, and for those of you not familiar with it, I’d like to share some useful information coming from someone who has it. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes you to have seizures. They can happen at ANY time. Some people don’t even know what causes them to have a seizure, it just happens. There is currently no known cure. What does help is by taking medicine for seizures to keep them under control.

How Can I Help Someone If They’re Having A Seizure?

The best thing to do in this situation is to clear the area around them so the person having the seizure does not bump their head or body parts on anything.

Roll the person on their side and make sure they don’t swallow their tongue. As some epileptics will unknowingly do this and choke.

Last thing you need to do is time it count how long the seizure last. This is important information for the person having the seizure and their doctor.

All Seizures Are NOT The Same

There are various types of epilepsy! Some people have a mild cases called “absense epilepsy” this is where you stare. Most people don’t shake during this.

Some people have grand mal seizures. This is where the person shakes violently for seconds to minutes! The time varies for everyone.

My last seizure turned into a grand mal. I was only diagnosed with abson epilepsy (mild form) when I was 10 years old.

I am now 26 and 2 years ago I had a really bad seizure that popped the blood vessels in my face and my right eye. I had to cover my face with make up because I was embarrassed to walk out in public, with what looked like a rash on my face.

In light of everything, I still have my heath. I have been seizure free for 2 years. That being said, I truly believe stress IS a huge factor in seizures and dealing with them. If you struggle, try and do yoga and meditate. You never realize how stressed you are until you move yourself out of a situation.

Which is precisely what I did 2 years ago. After I finished college I moved to England with my boyfriend and then moved again to Singapore. Its been a whirlwind of a ride and haven’t looked back since.

 

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