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.
The Epilepsy Foundation provides programs and education to make a safer place for YOU. The Epilepsy Foundation raises awareness and funds to provide help and serve YOU. The Epilepsy Foundation advocates for new laws to address issues that affect YOU. The Epilepsy Foundation invests in research and innovation to bring new therapies and technology to YOU faster than ever. Let’s take action together and make November the loudest and purple-est National Epilepsy Awareness Month ever for YOU! This November, be everywhere. Educate everyone.
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. #MyNEAM Action
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.
150,000 new cases of epilepsy occur each year in the U.S.
470,000 children have epilepsy
336,000 kids have at least one seizure annually.
30% of people with epilepsy do not gain full control of their seizures and continue to struggle day-to-day with the threat of imminent seizures.
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.
21% of adults with epilepsy can’t pay for medicines vs. 9% without epilepsy.
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.