2018 Epilepsy Pipeline Conference

Watch Community Day of the 2018 Edition of the Epilepsy Foundation Conference, Live from San Francisco on Saturday, February 24

WATCH LIVE

Handling Seizures in Public – Grace, Courage and Awareness

Community Corner: May 11, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Having a seizure in public is a fear for so many people who live with epilepsy. It’s also a fear for family and friends. How should it be handled? Would a person feel embarrassed or scared? What will other people think? These are questions we commonly think about, even in this day and age when seizures should not be something to fear or be embarrassed about.

Hannah Enge, a 16-year-old girl who was participating in a teen pageant recently, had a seizure while answering a question on stage. The following news story from KVLY-11 shows all of us how to handle a seizure and not let it get in the way of your dreams and activities. The strength and courage shown by Hannah and her mother are truly inspiring.

Article and Video from Valley News Live, KVLY-11

Please share your stories in the comment section below. What’s it like to have a seizure in public? How have you or onlookers handled it? Let’s use this space to help people learn about responding to seizures!

Thank you Hanna and family!

Best wishes,

Patty Osborne Shafer RN, MN
Associate Editor/Community Manager
Epilepsy.com

Authored by: Patricia O. Shafer RN | MN on 5/2016

Our Mission

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

 
24/7 helpline