In October, I see pink. Pink everywhere. In people’s hair, on clothes, and even in many sporting events. While I am not one to refuse to support the great cause of breast cancer awareness, I count down the days until October is over so I can ditch my pink and deck out in PURPLE because
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL EPILEPSY AWARENESS MONTH!
This month became extremely important to me around 2 years ago when I first started dating my current boyfriend, who has epilepsy. My dog was also diagnosed with epilepsy around that time interestingly enough.
In the 2+ years we’ve been dating, Kevin has had two “Grand Mal” seizures, which are probably what you would think of if I said the word “seizure”, but did you know there are different types of seizures? WELL! It’s Epilepsy AWARENESS month, so allow me to inform you!!
(Produced by the entire brain)
|1. “Grand Mal” or Generalized tonic-clonic||Unconsciousness, convulsions, muscle rigidity|
|2. Absence||Brief loss of consciousness|
|3. Myoclonic||Sporadic (isolated), jerking movements|
|4. Clonic||Repetitive, jerking movements|
|5. Tonic||Muscle stiffness, rigidity|
|6. Atonic||Loss of muscle tone|
There a good list from webmd.com, but that’s not all of them. In fact, there are about 40 total different types of seizures, so just because it isn’t the dramatic type you see in the movies, someone having the seizure still needs help!!
Speaking of HELP!
Personally, it’s really hard having a loved one with epilepsy. I experienced just how little people know about seizures the first time Kevin had a seizure in public. It’s scary trusting other people with the life of someone you really care for, and it’s a lot scarier when you realize how many people would not be prepared. That’s what November should be about: learning to help others with epilepsy. You could even save a life one day!
“Be Kind, For Everyone You Meet Is Fighting Their Own Battle” -John Watson
Posted on November 15th, 2013 by Natalie Sherman
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