The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to join in recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, when people come together to celebrate the culture, traditions and numerous contributions and achievements of Asian Americans to our country. The Foundation and our affiliates in New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington are also taking this opportunity to extend our ongoing outreach efforts and to raise awareness about epilepsy and seizures in Asian American communities. Epilepsy, a chronic neurological condition, affects approximately three in 200 Asian Americans in the United States.
As an unwavering ally for individuals living with epilepsy and their families, we are committed to ensuring that all communities have the support and care they need to live their lives to their fullest potential. Our mission is to stop seizures and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. All too often, however, epilepsy is rarely talked about in our homes, workplaces or communities, and it is often misunderstood.
You can help us change the misconceptions surrounding epilepsy by taking the time during APA Heritage Month to learn, talk and share stories about how epilepsy and seizures affect you. Visit www.epilepsy.com to learn about epilepsy and seizures. Talk about it with your family, friends and co-workers. Share your story on the Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EpilepsyFoundationofAmerica.
Your participation will help to change the lives of the millions of people living with epilepsy and their loved ones for the better. We hope you join us.
Janice M. Buelow, Ph.D., RN
Vice President of Programs and Research