November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Hi! I'm Jake!

I'm excited! November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month!

While Callie and I were out and about on her birthday bus tour this past Saturday, we saw some folks setting up a registration tent. We asked "What are people registering for?" They told us it was another 5k "Race for the Cure" for the breast cancer. Then they asked "Do you want to do the race?!" Um, no.

First off, Callie and I were absolutely not dressed for a race. She was wearing jeans (and yes, a shirt). We were in public! She has to wear a shirt! As for me, I was wearing my security vest, a shirt, and my cargo pants. We were not dressed for a balmy, sweaty race. It may be 12 degrees in Colorado, but it's 85˚ down here in Austin! We couldn't get all sweaty for Callie's birthday bus tour! Happy Birthday, Callie! Here's some hot body odor!

Secondly, November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, not National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Don't get me wrong: I am excited the breast cancer people have raised so much awareness for their cause. They've raised a lot of funds. They should be proud. It's an important cause. However, they have their own month, October. I'm not suggesting they shut down the Susan G Komen factory once breast cancer month ends, but we always hear about breast cancer. Breast cancer awareness overshadows all the less "sexy" causes. People need to know about other life threatening diseases, like epilepsy, too.

That's right: epilepsy can be a life threatening disease. During seizures, people with epilepsy can injure themselves. Last month, my wife went for a run around the lake here in Austin. She had a seizure, fell, bruised her body, got a black eye, and broke her nose. We were thankful that's all that happened. If she had been running closer to the water, it could have been much worse. During seizures, people with epilepsy have no control of their body. She could have drowned.

That day, we found out that Callie's seizure was most likely caused because she was running. The extra stress on her body likely caused her seizure. So, she can't even run for her own cure!

The worst kind of seizures is called status epilepticus. That's when you have a seizure that lasts for more than 5 minutes. It can lead to permanent brain damage and even death.

Epilepsy is a very serious condition that requires daily medication, diet limitations, doctor visits, CAT scans, ER trips and more. Unfortunately, people with epilepsy get to pay for all these expenses out of their own pockets. Insurance companies usually refuse to insure people with epilepsy. "Sorry, you have a previous condition."

Anyway, I am getting off track here. I just want to say it is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. please spread the word. Check out Check with your state and local epilepsy foundations to see what you can do. This is our month! Let's race- in a safe, non-stressful manner- for our own cure!

Bye! I'm Jake!