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Epilepsy Awareness Month in Pennsylvania
Epilepsy Awareness Month in Pennsylvania
November 28, 2013 Howard Ondick
HARRISBURG- November is being observed as Epilepsy Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.Our speaker is Senator Sean Wiley of Erie County, sponsor of the Senate-adopted resolution observing November as Epilepsy Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

WHEREAS, Epilepsy affects more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians; and WHEREAS, Epilepsy is one of the world's oldest known medical conditions; and WHEREAS, Epilepsy is not a widely understood medical condition; diagnoses of this chronic brain condition often leads to fear, discrimination and isolation; and WHEREAS, As the third most common neurological disorder in the United States, following stroke and Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy affects 5 million Americans of all ages; and WHEREAS, Approximately 200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed each year, most often in young children or senior citizens; and WHEREAS, One in ten Americans will experience a seizure at some point in their lives and 3% of them will eventually develop epilepsy; and WHEREAS, One in three people with epilepsy must endure uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them; and WHEREAS, Epilepsy is characterized by recurring seizures that are physical reactions to sudden, brief, excessive electrical discharges in brain cells; and WHEREAS, These excessive electrical discharges impact the brain, causing seizure disorders; and WHEREAS, Seizures, often thought to be full-body convulsions, can be brief muscle spasms or unconscious behaviors that appear to be attention lapses; and WHEREAS, Increased awareness of epilepsy eases fears of the condition and improves the lives of the millions of affected persons and those who care for them; and WHEREAS, Encouraging the support of epilepsy research programs can make the future of persons with epilepsy much better and brighter; therefore be it RESOLVED, That the Senate designate the month of November 2013 as "Epilepsy Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.

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