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.
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