6 posts tagged “epilepsy community”

Join the “Now I Know” Video Campaign for National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Posted November 15th, 2012 by

“Today [my son] Jake is living a wonderful life, an extraordinary life, and now I know that’s possible.  When Jake was first diagnosed, we didn’t know that.  Now I know that…and that we’re not alone.”

Actor Greg Grunberg, father of a 16-year-old with epilepsy

Join the "Now I Know" Campaign by Submitting a Video About What You've Learned

When it comes to epilepsy, what do you know now that you wish you knew sooner?

That’s the question the Epilepsy Foundation is asking epilepsy patients and their families to ponder during National Epilepsy Awareness Month, which takes place every November. Share your struggles and successes in a video submission to the “Now I Know” campaign. Visitors to Epilepsy Foundation’s Facebook page will then have to the opportunity to vote on their favorites and share top videos with their social networks.  Ultimately, the top vote getters in each of four regions will win iPads and other prizes.

Affecting more than two million Americans, epilepsy is defined by the Epilepsy Foundation as “a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions.”  When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures – brief, strong surges of electrical activity affecting part or all of the brain that last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes – they are typically considered to have epilepsy.  Symptoms can range from convulsions and loss of consciousness to more subtle signs, such as lip smacking, blank stares and jerking movements in the arms and legs.

A Snapshot of the Epilepsy Community at PatientsLikeMe

More than 7,000 PatientsLikeMe members are sharing their experiences with epilepsy, including their symptoms, treatments and more.  Using our Seizure Meter, members are also able to record their seizure history, including the type of seizure (e.g. clonic seizure, complex partial seizure, tonic-clonic seizure).  What are our members taking to control their epilepsy – and how well is it working?  Check out the hundreds of treatment evaluations submitted for common medications such as Keppra, Lamictal and Topamax and learn from others like you today.


Open Access for All: PatientsLikeMe’s Epilepsy Survey Results Now Published

Posted December 22nd, 2011 by

Last April, we had the honor of presenting the results of our epilepsy survey at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting.   In some of the key takeaways, we shared that 55% of respondents consider PatientsLikeMe “moderately or very” helpful in learning about the type of seizures they experience. 45% found it useful for charting seizures, and 30% felt they received better healthcare as a result. In addition, 27% each said that PatientsLikeMe was useful for managing side effects and for improving treatment adherence.  (Check out our press release for more on this survey, which we conducted with our partner UCB.  PatientsLikeMe and UCB launched the epilepsy community in 2010.)

A Sample Section from the Epilepsy Survey

Now, we’re pleased to announce that our full survey results have been published as an open access article in the scientific journal Epilepsy & Behavior.  This gives you and anyone interested in epilepsy the opportunity to dig deeper into our findings.  For example, another interesting discovery is that one in three epilepsy patients surveyed did not know a single other person with their condition.  That is – until they joined PatientsLikeMe.  Survey respondents reported the benefits of using an online community to find other patients like them, and strikingly, the more friends with epilepsy that users had in the online community, the more benefits they experienced from using the site.

Do you agree that having friends with the same condition – either online or offline – has affected your experience for the better?  Share your thoughts in the comments section.

PatientsLikeMe member pwicks