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Welcome To The Epilepsy Foundation

OF EAST TENNESSEE

The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research. Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which the nerve cell activity in your brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which you experience abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness.
Although there has yet to be a cure for epilepsy, we can strive to ensure that “not another moment is lost to seizures.” People living with epilepsy can manage their seizures and improve how they are perceived, accepted and valued in society.

Epilepsy Information

About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.

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Living With Epilepsy

Although there has yet to be a cure for epilepsy, we can strive to ensure that “not another moment is lost to seizures.” People living with epilepsy can manage their seizures and improve how they are perceived, accepted and valued in society.

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Our Mission Statement

The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research.

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Just For You

For Women

In many ways, epilepsy is a different condition in a woman than in a man. The differences arise because of biological differences between women and men, but also because of the different social roles they play. As a result of these biological and social differences, women with epilepsy face special challenges, especially in the area of reproductive health.

For Parents

A child’s brain contains billions of nerve cells. They communicate with each other through tiny electrical charges that fire on and off in random fashion. When some or all of these cells suddenly begin to fire together, a wave of electrical energy sweeps through the brain, causing a seizure.

For Children

Pinpointing the cause of epilepsy is difficult at any age. In seven out of every ten cases, there is no known cause. These children are then said to have idiopathic epilepsy. “Idiopathic” is a Latin word meaning “of unknown cause.”

For Seniors

If you are a senior citizen, you can probably remember a time when there were no reliable treatments for epilepsy. People did not understand why seizures happened and they were afraid of them. You may remember, as a child, that families often sent people with seizures off to institutions, or kept them at home, isolated from others.

Epilepsy Prevention

    The Helmet Hand Out

    A free bike helmet is provided by The Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee in order to prevent head injury, the #1 and only preventable cause of seizures. For more information, call 865.522.4991.

    Thanks to our generous partners!

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