One in 26 of all Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetimes.
It is estimated that epilepsy can be expected to develop in 33 percent of people who have had a single, unprovoked seizure.
I've also read somewhere that people who have had two unprovoked seizures have an 80% chance of having more.
Statistics like this often leave me reeling! Ok, yes, it is easy to read things like this and shrug it off, never actually taking the time to truly consider them. But when you live it, when you ARE the one in 26- you begin seeing things differently. If you end up falling into that 80% chance of having more, you are forced to stop and think. Epilepsy is not an illness designated for the poor, the uneducated, third world countries, etc. Seizures can happen to ANYBODY! Epilepsy can, and often does, strike without warning. Epilepsy can change a life in an instant.
Things like cancer- breast cancer to be specific- receive far more attention and public awareness. The thing is, the thing that people either simply don't realize or chose to ignore, Epilepsy is just a prevalent as cancer, and severely under funded. When is the last time you saw a commercial for epilepsy? What about the last time you passed a product in the store promising a portion of the proceeds to fight epilepsy? Guess what?! IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN!
Epilepsy Awareness just doesn't exist. Nobody is stirred to support it, or even yield an Epilepsy Foundation bumper sticker. Not until you or somebody close to you becomes the one in 26 to develop epilepsy.
It shouldn't be this way. One by one, step by step, we CAN make a difference.