Removing epilepsy stigma
Epilepsy is often referred to as a hidden disability and often those affected do just that.
But the Tokoroa Epilepsy Group is aiming to change things by encouraging people to attend its meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at Creative Arts in Bridge St from 10.30am.
The group’s spokesperson Barry De Lisle, who has epilepsy himself, said there is no pressure put on anyone who attends the free friendly get together.
He said Waikato Charitable Trust Epilepsy Advisor Maria Lowe will also be there offering advice if people want it.
‘‘This is the second year we have been running it and it is about trying to let epileptic people know that there are other people out there who know what they are going through,’’ he said.
South Waikato Achievement Trust team leader Rachael Campbell, who is indirectly involved, said people from all walks of life were welcome to attend, including employers and family members of people with epilepsy.
‘‘The important thing to let people know is that they can carry on with epilepsy and be part of society because there is a sigma attached that once they have a seizer they are not seen the same,’’ she said.
Campbell said as more people educate themselves about epilepsy and what to expect the easier it will be for those with epilepsy to carry on with life.
Tokoroa Epilepsy Group spokesperson Barry De Lisle.