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Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated Purple Day to raise awareness for epilepsy. Campbell has two types of seizures: partial seizures and primary generalized seizures.  She has also gone into status epilepticus which is a life-threatening seizure.  Earlier this week, she experienced a seizure that lasted over 30 minutes which is considered status epilepticus. Fortunately, she pulled out of it and only required a brief stay in the ER but arrived in an ambulance. She loves to make a grand entrance. I thought I’d take some time to share some interesting facts about epilepsy.
  • 65 million people have epilepsy in the world
  • 3 million of those live in the United States
  • 1 in 26 people in the US will develop epilepsy
  • 150,000 new cases of epilepsy just in the US each year
  • ONE-THIRD of people live with uncontrollable seizures (meaning no medicine or other treatments work)
  • 6 out of 10 people have no known cause for their seizures
To learn more about epilepsy, visit www.epilepsy.com.  They have wonderful resources and information for both individuals with epilepsy, parents and families.

About the author

Michelle

Michelle is a writer based in Richmond, KY who is trying to navigate special needs parenthood and life in an imperfect world, all while keeping her sanity. She is on the board of the Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Foundation and is a contributor to The Mighty and The Today Show Parenting Team. She’d love to hear from you! Send her an email at michelle@chasingthecleavers.com.

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