There are numerous medical conditions that exist, all unique in their own way. Many if not most of these conditions have no solution concerning eliminating the condition, and many times, it may even be lacking in treatment of the disease. This is true for conditions such as different types of cancers, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystriphy, Parkinson disease, and many other unique medical conditions. Here we will look at epilepsy and different ways to assist in research, as well as informing others on how to deal with a seizure if one occurs.
What is epilepsy you may ask. Epilepsy is a neurological condition in which your brain has a short amount of time in which it is not able to communicate properly. In many ways, it’s like having spotty reception when you are talking on a cell phone. Although some places in the brain may connect, there is a specific area that is failing to communicate correctly. This can occur in numerous ways. When the chemicals and neurotransmitters within the brain are not functioning normally, you have what you call a seizure. There are numerous forms of these. Some are as small as a blank stare where you may not even know its happening, to where the person has totally lost consciousness. It’s only when you have numerous forms of seizures that you are considered to have epilepsy. Although there are numerous treatments for the condition, some natural, while most involve drugs, there is continuous research looking for better treatments and possibly even a cure. Here we look at numerous ways that you can contribute to this, along with informing the public of epilepsy and how to deal with a seizure if one occurs.
There are numerous organizations that have to do with the condition of epilepsy. Many countries have their own organization concerning research and support. When most people think of medical support, they first picture making financial donations. While this is a great thing to do to help with research, it isn’t the only way that one can help in the process. There are other things such as support groups, local awareness programs, charities, and many other events.
With technology the way that it is today, online communities such as Facebook and many others is a great way to inform others. You are also able to make personal connections where you may then be able to start a group of your own that is open to anyone that may want to join. Most people are unaware of what a seizure is, and many times probably mistake it for something like a heart attack or stroke. In some ways some signs or symptoms are similar, so that is understandable. This is where it is important to have some form of medical information to assist the public in knowing more. It is only through public events that it is possible to let others know the truth about the condition and inform them on how to deal with a seizure when one happens. This includes what to watch for concerning signs, and the proper actions to take when you see one occurring. This is very important since many times a persons’ reaction may be too quick, and help that is not necessarily needed may be called. When someone knows exactly how to deal with a seizure, which comes from learning, only then are the proper actions taken. These are only some many ways in which the public can be informed on the condition and help in its research.
Donation: Donating financially is probably the most basic form of support that you can do for any organization. This assists mainly with research that is being conducted. While this is a positive thing, it doesn’t help individuals with the condition, or the public s’ knowledge.
Support Groups: Starting a local support group is a great option. This would involve finding only a handful of other people in your area that are looking for support from others that also have the condition. This is similar to other groups such as alcoholics ananomyous.
Showing support: Being able to show support for epilepsy can come in the simplest form of wearing a shirt or using anything that makes mention of the condition.
Local information: Giving out general information to the community also assists in making the public more informed about the condition. This can be as simple as asking permission to place pamphlets explaining the condition and how to deal with seizures in a public place such as a doctors’ office or a library.
Charity events: There are numerous types of events that can be held in order to support the condition of epilepsy. This includes anything from motorcycle rides, sport camps or tournaments, to biking or running races. If you can come up with an idea, pretty much anything can be used.
Local yearly events: This can include anything such as the fourth of July, or any other seasonal or holiday fair or festival that your community may have. This is a great way to help inform and educate the community and raise funds for research.
National epilepsy month: The national epilepsy month is the month of November. More can be learned about this through the epilepsy foundation.
Another thing that can be used as a great tool to inform the public of epilepsy or any medical condition, is through someone that is well-known to the public to speak out if they their selves have faced the condition. This not only helps the public in knowing more about the condition, but it also encourages those that have it as well. Although many of these people no longer exist, there have been many well-known people that faced epilepsy. In saying this, although many people may not want others to know, you shouldn’t be proud to not come out, but proud enough to let others know about having epilepsy and wanting to find a treatment or cure, and how to deal with a seizure if one occurs.
Although many people have control over their condition, there are still many people that face epilepsy and seizures every day. Many that have what is called status epileptics where continuous seizures occur. Even though all forms of epilepsy are bad, it is especially those that have this condition where new research and treatments can be most effective. If you or someone you know has epilepsy and you want to do something to help educate the public to bring awareness about epilepsy and how to deal with a seizure, you should visit the epilepsy foundation page to learn more about the many options that are available. I hope that this has been helpful in knowing how to assist with both research and the publics’ awareness of the condition of epilepsy.