Novem­ber Is Epilepsy Aware­ness Month

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - By Naomi Manuel, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Epilepsy Foun­da­tion of Hawai‘i

Thirty- six- year- old Noa is com­pletely func­tional. He eats, holds a con­ver­sa­tion and hav­ing a grand mal seizure in the shower one day. He had off the wa­ter, and strug­gled to pro­tect Noa’s head from

Epilepsy is a neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion in which a per­son has re­peated seizures — a sud­den, brief dis­rup­tion of elec­tri­cal ac­tiv­ity in the brain. Epilepsy is a gen­eral term for a range of seizure dis­or­ders. neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter 15,000 in­di­vid­u­als live with epilepsy.

Hawai‘i leads the fight to over­come t he chal­lenges of liv­ing with epilepsy and ac­cel­er­ate ther­a­pies to stop Hawai‘i Epilepsy So­ci­ety to serve as an ad­di­tional ser­vice and re­source to in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with epilepsy in the of­fi­cially in­cor­po­rated as a been op­er­at­ing as an inde

tion of Hawai‘i pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vo­cacy and sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als and their care- givers im­pacted by epilepsy. The or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers a va­ri­ety of pro­grams, such as ther­apy, and epilepsy aware sen­ta­tions and train­ings.

Hawai‘i is a lean non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with a vol­un­teer board of di­rec­tors and an ac­tive vol­un­teer pro­gram. When you do­nate to Epilepsy money goes di­rectly to epilepsy pro­grams and ser­vices in Hawai‘i.

al­ity, Noa and those liv­ing with epilepsy have to deal with the daily un­con­trol­lable oc­cur­rence of seizures. How the rest of us can help is by stay­ing calm, tim­ing the sei im­por­tant of all, be­ing com­pas­sion­ate and sen­si­tive to the sit­u­a­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 528-3058, email efh@epilep­sy­hawaii.org or visit epilep­sy­hawaii.org. Hawai‘i char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions may send re­quests for space in ei­ther Proof Pos­i­tive or the free ad­ver­tise­ment be­low to bmoss­man@mid­week.com

Epilepsy Foun­da­tion of Hawai‘i vol­un­teers wave signs at the capi­tol to raise aware­ness for Epilepsy Aware­ness Month in Novem­ber.

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