Quote of the Day:

A couple of quotes I came across, would be useful to know:

Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember.

Involve me and I learn.

-Benjamin Franklin


There are three things to aim at in public speaking:

first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself

and, lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.

-Alexander Gregg


Quote of the Day!

I haven’t done this for a while , but here are some quotes:

People grow through experience, if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Eleanor Roosevelt.


It is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand days as a lamb.

Roman Proverb

Life is a series of comebacks.

Tom Scott

The Emotions and Frustrations of Job Search, made harder with the epilepsy condition!

I imagine most people have had to go through this as some stage.However if you are unemployed and a person with epilepsy, it can be a demoralizing, frustrating experience, and even an exasperating.  Especially when you hear of people who decided to leave a job, because they didn’t like it , BUT get reemployed within weeks (let alone getting interviews). Examples of people getting jobs at the first attempt, or even deciding to relocate to other cities or countries encounter problems. You start to wonder! WHY?? Yes you have updated your resume (had it checked) , cover letter (also had it checked), found agencies, online job boards, job fairs…but still nothing. Here’s what you may of come across in your job search experience:

  1. Unemployed for over 6 months-questions! and a skeptical response as nothing seems satisfactory(you dare not mention epilepsy)
  2.  You are overqualified or you  have reached a certain age: so you start applying  for junior positions eg High School Diploma needed, so you might get a chance.
  3. Find employment in positions, out of desperation, that could be dangerous as a person with epilepsy eg factories
  4. The stages and hurdles you have to overcome: online application, initial phone call interview, online tests, interview or two, job offer! (an emotional roller coaster)
  5. Temporary agencies ,who never call or seem disinterested, or  you can’t speak to someone in authority directly: leave your resume with us .If they do contact you, indirectly via resume posting  job sites – provide inadequate information of the job details, that takes days to process
  6. If not selected, you aren’t told why or if you do,your personality doesn’t fit their profile!
  7. Keeping track of the many applications you apply for, and they employer give the impression you were the only one you applied for
  8. Phone interview only job vacancies…noticed this one
  9. Position requires clean driving license (yes we know that one)…or in difficult locations that required many buses or train
  10. Online application only, can’t speak to a HR person even if you know the name of contact, or if you do, get told online applications only.
  11. Wonder if they ever read your application, in the first place, as the applications increase, BUT still hear nothing
  12. Employment is taking from within  the organization rather than from the outside applications
  13. Jobs already taken, before they advertise
  14. Doing something like voluntary work is considered good, yet you feel, even that is not enough to convince the employer
  15. Interviewers  disrespectful…playing with their phones or dismissive…seems a whole waste of time
  16. Is it any wonder, people with epilepsy try to make it professionally by being self employed or if they don’t, are lucky to have a great employer, who knows of your condition and provides support
  17. Finally, to end on a positive note: keep persevering, stay positive,  motivated, even when you you see don’t the light at the end of the tunnel ,  you could be employed in the most unlikely of situations! It happens.

A Brief Cultual History of Epilepsy-How Society Perceived us, and still do!

I like history, always have, but when you look deeper into how epilepsy was perceived (and still do)…we have along way to go, as regards to changing the perceptions of society as a whole.

Some historical/’public figures as Alexander the Great, Frederick Handel, Vincent Van Gogh, Alfred Nobel, Lewis Carroll, and the US sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner (1988 Olympics) had epilepsy.

The Egyptians referred to epilepsy as the ‘falling sickness’ and the earliest recorded writings about epilepsy are dated from 2000 B.C. The code of Hammurabi (Babylonian Law Code) stated that anyone who has a slave can be returned, within one month of purchase, if they have a seizure. This was also the practice of slave owners in the 18/19th centuries in the US.

The ancient Greek leader,Hippocrates, stated in the text, that epilepsy was a physical possession and was considered demonic. The Greek gods of epilepsy Pan, were associated with fertility rites, known for suddenness of appearances, swiftness of attack,fear. Hecate, was associated with the underworld and a dog headed appearance, he was also associated with the fear and anxiety of epilepsy. Seizures are thus associated with an apprehension of evil and connected to the supernatural.

This view lasted into the middle ages when the church preached the view that persons with epilepsy were possessed. The order of Jesus refused since 1540, entry for anyone with epilepsy into the Jesuit religious order. The Salem witch trials of 1692, the chief accuser, 9 year old Elizabeth Parris, had seizures. The infamous  Bedlam,psychiatric hospital in the 19th century.located in London over a third of the inmates had epilepsy. Hence the coining of the term, Bedlam, for an uproar or confusion. The choices then were Bedlam or castration.

The same can be said for other cultures. Traditional healers in Zimbabwe,Africa  believed epilepsy was caused by an angry or disturbed ancestor, as did the Youba tribe in Nigeria. The Navajo tribe in Arizona, believed that seizures were caused by incest , witchcraft or hand trembling.

In fact it wasn’t until the late 1800’s did medical doctors begin to recognize that epilepsy was a neurological condition. One of the first anti epileptic drugs were Paraldehyde (1882) and Phenobarbital (1912). Still society even now in recent times are mystified about the epilepsy condition. It wasn’t until 1965, that  people with the epilepsy condition were denied access of entry to the US. Many states discouraged marriage and having children, when at least one partner had epilepsy, as it could be inherited, this was  finally repealed in the 1980’s. They also  enacted involuntary sterilization laws.

We have come along way in the last 100years…but there is still along way to go.