You are an empowered P.W.E. (Person with Epilepsy). Empowerment helps you make good decisions about your health and face the everyday challenges of the illness. Empowerment comes when we have access to updated, credible and easy-to-understand medical information.
A:care is a patient support program. Our primary objective is to empower people by enhancing their health journey so that they can live their best possible life.
A:care helps you achieve your personal health goals in your journey to a more meaningful healthier life.
I actively seek out, evaluate and make use of reliable information to better understand seizures.
I participate in decision-making in my treatment process with my healthcare professionals.
I understand the need to make necessary lifestyle and behavioral changes to aim for a seizure-free life.
I take responsibility for my own health and actively enhance and improve effective coping strategies.
My empowerment enables me
I have to take extra safeguards and precautions to prevent seizure attacks and to avoid injuries.
I have a very strong safety support net of doctors, family and close friends.
“My condition has made me appreciate the grand and little moments of life while living with as few limitations as possible.”
It is a fact that …
There are 40 different types of seizures.*
All P.W.E.s have different triggers and symptoms; and may experience just one type of seizure or more.*
A P.W.E. is as capable as other people and can work in many types of jobs.*
Risks to safety will depend on what your epilepsy is like and what the job involves.*
A P.W.E. can take daily exercise routine and an active part in sports.**
Understanding your own seizures can help you decide what exercise or sports suits you. **
Consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activities, exercises or sports.**
Epilepsy and seizures are often misunderstood with different myths about the condition.
The truth is, not all P.W.E.s have the same triggers and symptoms.*
The truth is, not all P.W.E.s manifest with convulsions and not all get unconscious during seizures.*
Physical exercise rarely triggers seizures, but always take all necessary safety precautions.**
It is not true that P.W.E.s should avoid physical activity or exercise because it can trigger seizures.**
I am an empowered P.W.E.
Here’s how you can understand epilepsy and seizures and know what works best for you.
Become an “Expert” on seizures. Read, search and surf from reliable sources.
Connect, talk and interact with other P.W.E.s and epilepsy support groups.
Take notes and enter in your journal everything said and prescribed by your healthcare providers.
You will find these activities helpful in maintaining your physical and mental health
Talk to loved ones, a best friend or to a spiritual advisor, counselor or life coach.
Practice stress relief strategies.
Take scheduled naps.
Making the Home or workplace safe
Adapted from : www.epilepsy.com/seizure-first-aid-and-safety
What to do
STAY CALM. SPEAK CALMLY
My backpack should be always ready