According to the World Health Organization (2012), there are 50 million (50 million!!!!!) people living with Epilepsy worldwide.
80% of the people with Epilepsy are found in developing regions
70% of people living with epilepsy are treated, yet about three fourths of the people living with Epilepsy in developing regions do not receive the care they need
Here are the Statistics for People Living with Epilepsy in the United States:
2.2 Million people live with Epilepsy
That’s about 7.1 for every 1000 people
Higher numbers of people report active Epilepsy
That’s about 8.4 for every 1000 people.
According to epilepsy.ca, the Statistics for people with Epilepsy in Canada are:
Each year an average of 15,500 people learn they have epilepsy
44% are diagnosed before the age of 5, 55% before the age of 10,
75-85% before age 18 and 1% of children will have recurrent seizures before age 14.
1.3% are over the age of 60. This means that about 60% of new patients are young children and senior citizens.
WOW! So I don’t know about you but those are some high stats! So if you ever feel alone and think you’re the only one going through this sometimes debilitating and isolating condition, remember that there are millions of people around the world who are going through similar issues as well. It is easy to feel like you’re the only one suffering, so that is why we need to support each other collectively, whether the support is from another person with epilepsy, friend, parent, or an ally. I believe that we need allies because it can be hard to talk about Epilepsy, so if we have that extra bit of support it might make that little difference. All of my friends and most definitely my family have been my advocates and allies and have been able to act quickly, such as in a situation where I had a seizure in public. They were able to speak on my behalf and say that I was okay and just needed some air. Thank you every single family member and friend (plus allies!) I couldn’t do it without you!
Love you all and happy back to school if you’re heading back to school this week!! xox
PS: Here’s a song I’ve been enjoying this evening http://grooveshark.com/s/Being+Here/2uveTp?src=5