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The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to join the epilepsy community in recognizing the second Monday in February as International Epilepsy Day.

International Epilepsy Day 2017 - February 13th, Putting Epilepsy in the Picture

How to Get Involved on #EpilepsyDay!

  1. "Put Epilepsy in the Picture" by sharing a selfie on your social media!
  2. Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #epilepsyday.
  3. Tag @IntlEpilepsyDay and @EpilepsyFoundation in your Tweets.
  4. Post your photos on our Facebook wall and tag us in Instagram.
  5. Submit your selfie to the International Epilepsy Day website. Your photo will then be shared on the website's "Selfie Wall" and related social media pages.
  6. Find and attend #EpilepsyDay events happening across the globe.
  7. Meet Campi, the International Epilepsy Day Mascot

Tell your story.

Share your story, offer words of wisdom, or send a message for others living with epilepsy in the comment section below or in the forum for International Epilepsy Day.

Facts in Tweet-size Bites

  • 65 million people around the world live w/ #epilepsy
  • Nearly 3 million people in the U.S. live w/ #epilepsy
  • 1 in 26 people in the U.S. will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime
  • 4 to 10 out of 1,000 people on earth live w/ active #seizures at any one time
  • 150,000 new cases of #epilepsy are diagnosed in the U.S. each year
  • One-third of people w/ #epilepsy live w/ uncontrollable #seizures because no available treatment works for them
  • For 6 out of 10 people w/ #epilepsy the cause is unknown
  • 4 out of 10 people w/ #epilepsy in the industrialized world do not receive appropriate treatment
  • 8 out of 10 people w/ #epilepsy in developing nations do not receive appropriate treatment

What is International Epilepsy Day?

Started in 2015 and organized by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the day provides a platform for people with epilepsy to share their experiences and stories with a global audience. The day also calls for all people to advocate for appropriate legislation that will guarantee human rights of people with epilepsy and encourages people with epilepsy to live to their fullest potential. The Epilepsy Foundation is a full member of IBE.

Epilepsy is More than Seizures

Despite being one of the world's oldest known medical conditions, public fear and misunderstanding about

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epilepsy persists, making many people reluctant to talk about it. That reluctance leads to lives lived in the shadows, discrimination in workplaces and communities, and a lack of funding for new therapies research. For many people living with epilepsy, the misconceptions and discrimination can be more difficult to overcome than the seizures themselves.

International Epilepsy Day seeks to raise awareness and educate the general public on the true facts about epilepsy and the urgent need for improved treatment, better care, and greater investment in research.

Past International Epilepsy Day Themes:

  • 2016 theme: Yes, I can!
  • 2015 theme: International Epilepsy Day and hashtag #EpilepsyDay launch.
Artistic Waves Art Competition

For International Epilepsy Day 2017, IBE and ILAE held the Artistic Waves Competition with a focus on "Putting Epilepsy in the Picture." Participants entered a variety of artwork that corresponded to the theme.

Congratulations to Lungelo Dube of Swaziland for winning top honors in the over 12 category and to Molly Foote of the United States for taking first place in the under 12 category.

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