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Call for campaign to increase epilepsy awareness – ABC News

“Seventy per cent of the causes of epilepsy are unknown, so it needs to be brought out. It needs more research. It needs more targeted assistance.”

We do need more research and we do need better public awareness. I have a friend who had an epileptic attack over Christmas and it was very disturbing for her and her husband. She wasn’t allowed to drive. They couldn’t pin point the cause and then it had never happened before and it hasn’t happened since treatment. She was worried about going around her house. Worried about being out in public. The fear in her was the hardest to deal with because hse is normally very happy and confident. The more we do to “normalise” the situation for those who have attacks, the more we understand the issues for people who have epileptic attacks, the better we can manage attacks – that is all good stuff. Then we need to get on with the research and promote research. if it can happen to my forend, it could happen to me. There still is no explanation and that really is disturbing. Could have been anything and yet it must have been something. If it’s something we can manage then let’s get on with it and manage it because we are good at that.



Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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