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- People with epilepsy can be successful.
Yes, epilepsy is a serious condition, but no, being diagnosed with epilepsy is not a death sentence. You can still live your life and be successful (and happy, we might add) while you deal with this illness. It’s just a matter of ensuring that the people in your life—whether at home, at school or at work—are all properly trained and educated on how to help you or your children when you need it. Everyone should be able to recognize when a seizure strikes and help provide first aid. Remember, knowledge is power, so the more you educate others the more likely you are to succeed.
- Drugs can be hit or miss.
First of all, it’s important to note that epilepsy medication is designed to treat only the symptoms of the disorder, not the cause. So while they may help with your physical symptoms (aka, your seizures) they are not a cure that will completely prevent them from ever happening again. And sadly, they don’t always work. Only about two thirds of epilepsy patients respond to treatment.