There are 65 million people across the globe living with epilepsy today. Here in the UK one in every 103 people has the condition, but for something that is so common, there is a lack of understanding about what epilepsy is and how it can affect people.
Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures. Every day in the UK, 87 people are diagnosed with the condition. It can affect anyone, from any walk of life at any time.
Elaine Howell from Northamptonshire was 23 when she experienced her first epileptic seizure. It was while interviewing a candidate in her role at a recruitment agency that everything went blank. The next thing she knew she was on her way to casualty.
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If you are affected by epilepsy and would like information or advice contact Epilepsy Action today.
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