Lacey Kazama Shimabukuro
What is epilepsy? Three
years ago, I would have said that it had something to do withseizures. Today, I know that there are different
types of seizures and that epilepsy is different for each person. I now know that 1 in 26 people in the US will develop epilepsy
in their lifetime, and that epilepsy is more prevalent than autism spectrum
disorders, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy combined.
I did not
know enough about epilepsy until my son Jax began having seizures. At 17 months, Jax was diagnosed with epilepsy and I immediately
searched for more information online. I contacted the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii and dove into the reading material sent
I am grateful to the Epilepsy
Foundation of Hawaii (EFH) for teaching others about epilepsy. When Jaxstarted preschool, the EFH visited
his school to provide information about epilepsy and how to recognize and respond to Jax’s types of seizures. This knowledge
of epilepsy enabled Jax'steachers to remain calm and respond appropriately when he had seizures in school.
The staff is prepared to help others in the community as well.
You may already know someone living with epilepsy, but you just may not know about their epilepsy.
Seizures can happen at any time, and it's important for all of us to learn about seizures and epilepsy, so we will know how
Together we can increase
public awareness of epilepsy and help our friends and family to be safe and part of our community. Please call the EFH or
visit us at www.facebook.com/EpilepsyFoundationHawaii to learn more about epilepsy or to schedule an epilepsy training session for your school, workplace
or community center. Thank you.