1 in 100 Live with Epilepsy Epilepsy Waterloo-Wellington
What is epilepsy? <ul><li>Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. ...
<ul><ul><li>Epilepsy affects males </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of all ages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and females </li></ul...
<ul><ul><li>There are  more than twice  as many people with Epilepsy in Canada as the number of people with cerebral palsy...
<ul><li>head injuries, trauma at birth or high fever, stroke, meningitis, abnormalities in the blood vessels of the brain,...
<ul><ul><li>The average number of people that will learn they have epilepsy, every day, in Canada.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Epilepsy affects: <ul><ul><li>11,000  people in Waterloo-Wellington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>400,000  people in Canada <...
<ul><li>It is estimated that 1 in every 1000 people with epilepsy will die from  Sudden Unexpected and Unexplained Death i...
<ul><li>Currently there is no cure for epilepsy.  </li></ul><ul><li>However, proper treatment of the condition can help co...
How is it treated? <ul><li>Through medication, vagus nerve stimulation, ketogenic diet (for children), or brain surgery.  ...
Many successful people have epilepsy  Florence Griffith Joyner World record holder 100 and 200 m sprints  Lindsay Buckingh...
Epilepsy is not a  <ul><li>PRINCE  </li></ul><ul><li>Singer with  </li></ul><ul><li>childhood epilepsy </li></ul>barrier t...
It is a motivator  Charles Dickens Writer George Frederick  Handel Composer and Musician Julius  Caesar Leader Vincent  va...
Epilepsy is a disorder that affects a wide-range of people, from all walks of life ― MAKE A  DIFFERENCE yet it is rarely t...
Epilepsy Waterloo-Wellington can help <ul><li>Epilepsy Waterloo-Wellington is a community based agency whose team of carin...
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  1. 1. 1 in 100 Live with Epilepsy Epilepsy Waterloo-Wellington
  2. 2. What is epilepsy? <ul><li>Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a symptom of a neurological disorder - a disorder that affects the brain and shows itself in the form of seizures. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Epilepsy affects males </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of all ages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and females </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>There are more than twice as many people with Epilepsy in Canada as the number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis combined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 X </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>head injuries, trauma at birth or high fever, stroke, meningitis, abnormalities in the blood vessels of the brain, brain tumors, poisoning (from substance abuse) </li></ul>What causes epilepsy? 65% <ul><li>unknown causes </li></ul>35% Most of the time, epilepsy is not inherited.
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>The average number of people that will learn they have epilepsy, every day, in Canada. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>42 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Epilepsy affects: <ul><ul><li>11,000 people in Waterloo-Wellington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>400,000 people in Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>40 million people world-wide </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>It is estimated that 1 in every 1000 people with epilepsy will die from Sudden Unexpected and Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) </li></ul>1 in every 1000 people
  9. 9. <ul><li>Currently there is no cure for epilepsy. </li></ul><ul><li>However, proper treatment of the condition can help control seizures and promote a full and functional lifestyle. </li></ul>Can it be Cured?
  10. 10. How is it treated? <ul><li>Through medication, vagus nerve stimulation, ketogenic diet (for children), or brain surgery. </li></ul><ul><li>Medications can help control seizures in 50-70% of people with epilepsy; however, they are not a cure and can often have side effects. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Many successful people have epilepsy Florence Griffith Joyner World record holder 100 and 200 m sprints Lindsay Buckingham Lead guitarist Fleetwood Mac Hugo Weaving Actor Lord of the Rings
  12. 12. Epilepsy is not a <ul><li>PRINCE </li></ul><ul><li>Singer with </li></ul><ul><li>childhood epilepsy </li></ul>barrier to success Socrates Philosopher Harriet Tubman African-American Abolitionist Chanda Gunn Goalie for Women’s US hockey Olympic Team Napoleon Bonaparte Conqueror
  13. 13. It is a motivator Charles Dickens Writer George Frederick Handel Composer and Musician Julius Caesar Leader Vincent van Gogh Painter Danny Glover Actor & Activist
  14. 14. Epilepsy is a disorder that affects a wide-range of people, from all walks of life ― MAKE A DIFFERENCE yet it is rarely talked about.
  15. 15. Epilepsy Waterloo-Wellington can help <ul><li>Epilepsy Waterloo-Wellington is a community based agency whose team of caring members, volunteers, and staff are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with epilepsy and their support network through counselling, education, advocacy, and public awareness. </li></ul>www.epilww.com

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