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My struggle with epilepsy

Today on The Social Impact Podcast, we meet South African, Amy Louise, who shares her struggle with epilepsy. Amy Louise shares her story, as we focus on exceptional African stories, click the player below to listen…..

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness, affects 1 in 100 South Africans. To understand that clearly, approximately half a million South Africans based on a total estimated population of 52 million currently have epilepsy. This is according to epilepsy.org.za. If every person with epilepsy has 4 immediate family members, at least another 2 million South Africans are affected by the condition.

Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnical backgrounds and ages.

Seizure symptoms can vary widely. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs.

Treatment with medications or sometimes surgery can control seizures for the majority of people with epilepsy. Some people require lifelong treatment to control seizures, but for others, the seizures eventually go away. Some children with epilepsy may outgrow the condition with age.

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