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Van Chau

Regardless of the day and age, whether we are in the 80′s, 90′s, or year 2000 and so on, I think everybody should be educated about the disorder, epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a mysterious condition with causes that are not always fully understood. Many people develop the disorder in childhood and outgrow it, while others cope with it for their entire lives.

Seizures can be disruptive and sometimes cause injuries, but they can be controlled with treatment. As these accomplished people demonstrate, epilepsy doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your life and finding success in all you do.

But, instead, almost everybody, regardless of the city we live in in California, United States, sees people with epilepsy or other disabilities as having low status.

But a lot of people misunderstood epilepsy as being people with low ability to do things. There are a lot of successful celebrities who have epilepsy but can still live with it.

Let’s take Danny Glover for example. He will forever be known for his role in the popular Die Hard movies, but Danny Glover also impacts people when he talks about epilepsy. The Academy Award-winning actor struggled with epilepsy and seizures as a child. Like many people with epilepsy, he was lucky enough to outgrow the disorder.

Today, Glover works to bring awareness to epilepsy by supporting the Epilepsy Foundation. He contributes to the organization’s programs for children and volunteers his time speaking about epilepsy and bringing awareness to the issue.

Also, another celebrity with epilepsy was Susan Boyle. She made waves on “Britain’s Got Talent” with her lovely voice and has also opened up about having epilepsy. The unlikely star struggled with the condition throughout her childhood. Boyle has talked openly about her physical disability and how it held her back. Adults in her life told her that her seizures were due to a mental defect, and for years she believed them. By talking about her struggles, Boyle helps to shine a light on children who may suffer emotionally because of epilepsy.

Thanks for reading.

Van Chau

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  • Lia Turner - 2 years ago

    Hi Van,

    it is so amazing to read that this little website has stretched as far as California!
    The fact that we are able to discuss this on this medium shows me how far we’ve come already — much in part to the topic you are discussing, the awareness brought to epilepsy by celebrities. In western culture, we put huge importance on fame and fortune, and all to often it is wasted. However, I always appreciate hearing stories of this nature – of people who have influence in our society stepping up and speaking out. To me, I can only hope to make the type of impact that someone like Glover or Boyle would one day, but for now I am grateful that I can read your story and comment back.

    sincerely,
    lia

  • Reg - 2 years ago

    I start to have epilepsy at 6 month.I was having 1 a day. I had my first sergery I was 13 year old .I was epilepsy free for 6 month .then I start to have seizuer again every second third day i had a seizuer. at 17 I had my second sergery.to me the second sergery, I did see any deference I was still having seizuer. About one month before I turn 19 I had a third sergery and final sergery. Now I m 51 I never had a seizuer since. I had to spend one year of my life in hospital to get read of the seizuer. Well spend