Kimberly Rush – Epilepsy

What is epilepsy? How do people get it? These questions were some of the first I asked my parents when I found out that my cousin, Layne, had been diagnosed with the neurological disease. Many years later when we were given the Healthbuzz assignment, I knew that I was going to choose epilepsy, as I was curious as to what the condition actually was so that I could possibly understand my cousin better. I chose this topic due to the fact that my cousin, Layne, suffers from this medical disorder. It is relevant to me because she is one of my family members, as well as one of my closest cousins. This topic is important and affects teenagers, as anyone can contract epilepsy at any age (including their teenage years.) Teenagers with epilepsy can also feel worse about themselves for not “fitting in” and “being different.”

Some of the facts that I learned about this issue are that epilepsy is not a lifelong condition, meaning that you don’t have to live with the disorder for the entire extent of your life. I also found out that how people contract epilepsy is still a mystery to doctors, but they have found that it is not hereditary, nor is it contagious. I learned that epilepsy is a condition in which one suffers form unwarranted seizures that are cause by signals the brain sends to the muscles; an overload of those signals causes the seizures. This incurable condition affects approximately 65 million people worldwide, and an estimated 3 million Americans make up part of the total number. My summary of the issue is that epilepsy is a medical disorder that causes seizures and affects people of all ages, genders, and races. After conducting this research, my thinking of this topic has greatly changed; I used to think that epilepsy was a life-long condition, only affected a certain type of person, and was hereditary. I now know that epilepsy can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race, or age.

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This image is related to my issue, as it shows the signals sent to the brain that can cause unwarranted seizures.

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