Do you know someone who is living with Epilepsy?

It’s amazing just how many people are… roughly 1 in every hundred people in the UK. And yet, it never really comes up in conversation. We understand that people don’t really like talking about their health, but perhaps if there was a little more discussion about Epilepsy, like there is about Stroke or Diabetes, then all of us would perhaps be a little more knowledgeable, helpful and understanding.

At the Meath, we cannot fathom why, in this day and age, there should be any sort of stigma whatsoever associated with Epilepsy. So, during this NATIONAL EPILEPSY WEEK (15-21 May), please just take a few minutes to learn a little more and to consider how life would change should you be diagnosed with the condition.

In fact …. should it change all that much? With the proper diagnosis and appropriate medication, life should go on pretty much as usual. With much more complex epilepsy and far more serious associated disabilities, then there are organisations like the Meath who work their hardest to support people to live as independently as possible and achieve their goals.

But for everyone living with Epilepsy, what is no longer required is a misunderstanding of the condition and for them to feel in any way, shape or form that they are any less of an individual. So if we can all talk more knowledgably and generate a little discussion, then we might just help make a difference.

Certainly for the people who we care for and support, this week is time to prove just what CAN be achieved – a team from the Meath Extreme Sports Club is canoeing the Great Glen in Scotland, yes, the whole way! You can follow their amazing journey here and please give them a BIG SHOUT OUT through social media.

And if you would like to make a donation to the Meath to mark National Epilepsy Week, then you will be helping make a huge difference in the lives of the men and women we support day-to-day. And please, make this Week count for people with Epilepsy everywhere.