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Epilepsy and Social Isolation

November 1, 2017

By Mitch Jackson Epilepsy is much more common than many people realize. In the Ottawa area alone, there are almost 10,000 people living with epilepsy. That’s pretty much the entire population of Carleton Place! Despite the prevalence of epilepsy in Ottawa and around the world, a very real effect of living with epilepsy is the…

How Common is Epilepsy?

November 1, 2017

by Mitch Jackson Epilepsy is a common neurological disease* characterized by the tendency to have recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Did you expect to see the word “common” in that description? You may not have, because epilepsy is an invisible disability.  Its symptoms are only visible to others during seizures. This invisibility can make it surprising that…


April 25, 2017

Throughout the last week of March, our Shine Light on Epilepsy project was an opportunity for anyone in our community to share their experiences with epilepsy or show support for people and families living with seizure disorders. Check out some of the notes people shared

Véronique’s Epilepsy Story

March 28, 2017

In Grade 5, I had my first seizures. My friends at school, my siblings and parents (and also myself…) didn’t know they were seizures. For part of my childhood, I had been a hyperactive and hard to predict child. So at first it seemed I was playing a role and seeking attention, but because I…