Living with epilepsy can have its challenges. Some people with epilepsy hide their disorder, which can lead to feelings of isolation, helplessness and even depression. Adults with epilepsy oftentimes experience changes in their quality of life, such as mobility, relationships, employment, and social interactions. Children and teens with epilepsy find themselves feeling isolated and misunderstood; they may lose friends, may not be invited to birthday parties, or may be ostracized or even teased or bullied at school.
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and the Epilepsy Foundation is leveraging its community’s strength to reduce the fear surrounding epilepsy and bring hope to those facing challenges. Through a social media campaign called #RemoveTheFilter, the Foundation is asking everyone to “remove the filter” and make a difference for the more than 50,000 people living with epilepsy in San Diego.
Start a Fundraiser on Facebook on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego and help raise awareness and critical funds for the San Diego epilepsy community.
Make sure you are prepared to help a loved one, coworker, peer, or someone else in your life. Learn #SeizureFirstAid basics this November by taking our 30-minute, on-demand #SFAReady course HERE or contact us for personalized training at no cost. #RemoveTheFilter
Our President & CEO Wendy Urushima-Conn talks about National Epilepsy Awareness Month and our Gingerbread City fundraising gala on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego.
32% of adults with epilepsy can’t work, compared with 7% of adults without epilepsy who can’t work.
29% of adults with epilepsy can’t use a car or public transit to get places, compared with 8% of adults without epilepsy.
13% of adults with epilepsy felt nervous, sad, or hopeless in the past 30 days, compared to 3% of adults without epilepsy.
336,000 kids have at least one seizure annually.
4 in 10 kids who had at least one seizure in the past year live in homes at or close to the poverty level.
3 in 10 kids who had at least one seizure in the past year live in homes without enough food.
With your help, The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.