“Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
We all have electricity coursing through our brains every single moment of our lives. Everything that we do is controlled by electrical signals flowing through our body. The brain has one hundred billion electrically conductive “wires”. Our brains control our ability to think, talk, feel, see, hear, remember things, walk and so much more. It even controls our breathing.
Some of us have sudden surges of electricity that disrupt our brains, bodies and lives. This is known as a seizure. Having more than one seizure, a doctor may run a few standard tests before declaring that the diagnosis is epilepsy. A neurological condition causing seizures. There are over 65 million people around the world currently living with epilepsy.
Epilepsy enters peoples lives for a variety of reasons. Brain tumors, head trauma, stroke and sometimes the cause is simply unknown.
Times have changed dramatically yet, stigma still exists in our world today.
Stigmas From Times Past
- Until the 1970’s, it was legal to deny people with seizures access to restaurants, theaters, recreational centers and other public buildings.
- In the United Kingdom, laws that allowed the annulment of a marriage on the grounds of epilepsy were not amended until 1971.
- In both China and India, epilepsy is commonly viewed as a reason for not allowing or annulling marriages.
- Many cultures believed the person living with seizures to be evil.
Stigmas In The Present
- Some are quick to conclude that a person having a seizure is on or withdrawing from drugs.
- Some fear in hearing the word ‘epilepsy’ that it is a condition that is contagious.
- Some are quick to use seizures as a punch-line.
Seizures, epilepsy can happen to anyone. It does not care your age, gender, race, health level, wealth status, location. Each of us have a brain flowing with electricity that aids us in all that we do, say and think.
Some of us have surges of electricity that puts a halt on what we do, say, and think. Some stronger than others.
Those whose electricity is coursing normally, have an excellent opportunity to show and offer support to those who are battling the condition of epilepsy.
There is nothing to fear. No reason to stand on the side lines. United, we can all make an impact to shatter stigma and draw closer to a cure. A cure for something that can affect anyone. Man, woman or child.
We are stronger together.