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The idea is simple. Let’s teach each other about each other. About our health and wellbeing. And about our illnesses. Furthermore, let's dispense this knowledge to our surroundings. Because an illness changes with perception, and this perception can make all the difference in the way we live.

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Steps towards Explaining Epilpesy

Krupali Chokshi

            BOOM! POW! Nowadays when we read about superheroes, they are beating up the bad guys – the robbers, the criminals, and the evil scientists.  These superheroes have amazing abilities, that range from super speed, to flying, to incredible strength. Children from around the world admire them, and aspire to be just as benevolent and amazing.

            Keeping this in mind, Eisai, a leading organization in the epilepsy community, was proud to announce its new comic book designed to educate children about epilepsy. The comic book tells the story of Jack, a 14 year old child with epilepsy who is trying to get through middle school while living his condition. He’s accompanied by a team of five superheroes who are trying to explain epilepsy to both Jack and his peers.

            The book’s content addresses the diagnosis and treatment of the disease and focuses on the stigma that children with epilepsy must face by spreading awareness and educating. The authors for the book recognize that the lack of awareness of such a prevalent disease is unacceptable and that it is essential to educate the public about the condition.

It’s reported that 36% of students with epilepsy try to keep their condition a secret to avoid discrimination and 23% of parents try to keep the secret to protect their children. The book tries to break down the tough medical concepts so children can really understand the disease and be able to educate their family, friends and peers about it.

Eisai has taken the first step towards educating and eliminating the stigma associated with epilepsy in a creative and fun way, and it’s important we continue to take these steps to prevent discrimination and aim for a happier and more aware society.

Here’s how you can order your book!