November is Epilepsy Awareness Month.  The theme this year is #AimforZero.  This means we want to aim for zero seizures.  People with epilepsy must take medication to prevent seizures.  Since medication doesn’t always stop them, and other measures are tried.  Surgery, implants and special diets are often needed.  Getting control of seizures is very important.  For one reason, lack of control increases the risk of SUDEP.  SUDEP is Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy.  Finally, every 1 in 150 of people with uncontrolled seizures will die from SUDEP.

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Prevention

This photo shows 4 ways that help to prevent SUDEP:

Take medication as prescribed – don’t miss any dose.

Limit alcohol

Get enough sleep

Strive to stop seizures.

There are many ways that we can make Epilepsy Awareness happen.  I’m involved as an advocate, because my child has epilepsy.  Although he has a mild case (if that can be thought of as mild), he faces a lifetime of taking strong anti-seizure medications.  You never know when a seizure can happen.

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During the month of November, I’ll be sharing posts about Epilepsy to help spread awareness and dispel unfair stigma of the disorder.  I hope you’ll follow along and learn.

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert, and this post only contains my opinions.  If you have a medical need or question, please consult your personal physician.

 

Epilepsy Awareness Month : #AimforZero

2 thoughts on “Epilepsy Awareness Month : #AimforZero

  • November 8, 2016 at 11:27 am
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    My son had a series of febrile seizures as a toddler and ended up having to take anti seizure meds. whenever he was sick. We had a family history of epilepsy so he underwent a lot of testing trying to rule that out. It was always so scary watching him seize.

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    • November 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm
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      That is so hard for a mom to watch! I understand the worry and fear of epilepsy. It sounds like he is ok, now? I know Febrile Seizures are just for little ones. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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