"There really isn't much logic in sending your child to brain surgery, but we did. Because we knew we were losing him."
Now in his mid-20s, Phillip is a software engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and is able to effectively manage his epilepsy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, epilepsy affects 2.2 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide. Approximately 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, with an aging baby boomer generation reaching retirement age the number of citizens with the disorder is predicted to grow.
Advances in treatment for epilepsy have provided a functionally normal life for people like Phillip, but despite how common it is, epilepsy remains one of the least understood chronic medical conditions. While medications and other treatments help many people of all ages who live with the condition, more than a million people continue to have seizures that can severely limit their school achievements, employment prospects and participation in all of life's experiences
Research is the key to the future for people with hard to control seizures, and the trajectory of epilepsy – and other disease for which there are no cures – depends on attracting the best scientific minds and funding innovative clinical investigation. The science is promising, but without continued support and resources, we risk patients like Phillip falling by the wayside.
To learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation and get involved in their work, go to http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org.