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Documentary aims to show the ‘real’ face of epilepsy

epilepsy awareness ribbon1 100x100 Documentary aims to show the real face of epilepsyDo you have an amazing story to share with the world about epilepsy? If so, you can apply to be chosen as one of the “faces” of epilepsy in a documentary designed to create awareness and to educate others about the reality of epilepsy.

“It’s going to hit several different issues – social, legal, stigma, etc…” said producer Tiffany Webb in a solicitation on TalkAboutIt.org. “There will be three people around the world sharing their stories about Epilepsy. We have a few people/stories on board, but we do need several more. Two more will fill the major focus of the film, and many more will be mentioned briefly.”

Epilepsy and seizures affect nearly 3 million Americans of all age, at an estimated annual cost of $15.5 billion in direct and indirect costs. Approximately 200,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy occur each year, 45,000 of them in children under the age of 15. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, an estimated 10 percent of the American population will experience a seizure in their lifetime. In 70 percent of new cases, there is no apparent cause.

Epilepsy is most often treated with medications, however 10 percent of new patients fail to gain control of seizures despite optimal medical management. People with unmanaged seizures are unable to work, attend school, or drive. They often experience low self-esteem and are classified as “different” by people who don’t understand their condition. Tiffany hopes her epilepsy film will help change peoples’ perspectives.

For a chance to share your epilepsy story, submit a summary and why it could benefit the face of epilepsy documentary to tiffany.webb4@gmail.com. “This film will benefit us all, and will hopefully encounter mass distribution,” she said.”