To the editor:
Nearly 3 million Americans have epilepsy. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder affecting all age groups, yet the public is largely unaware it is serious condition with severe consequences for people living with epilepsy and their families. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. I am one of thousands of volunteers working to raise awareness of this condition.
Epilepsy is common, but many people don't what to do when someone is having a seizure. There are hundreds of seizure types. Many with epilepsy are misunderstood and often misdiagnosed by well-meaning, but misinformed people.
That's why I'm urging anyone who deals with epilepsy on a regular basis to "seize" opportunities. Educate and inform those around you that affect you or your loved one the most. Don't "hold your tongues." Speak out for those who are not able. Visit www.GetSeizureSmart.org.
As someone affected by epilepsy, I strongly encourage everyone to get educated. My life, or that of someone you know, may depend on it.