Thursday, April 22, 2010


My friend, Jane Lee and I had tea recently. We had our cuppas of tea and a quick exchange of updates revealed that Jane had never had a full body medical examination with blood test done before. I asked Jane how come and she simply answered it is best not to know any results pertaining to her health condition. She wanted to live her life happily in bliss till medical issues crop up. Ignorance is bliss. Although she agreed prevention is always better than cure, she would not lift a finger to do so. She hates coming face to face with the crippling and nightmarish fears of knowing frightening truths related to many types of illnesses.

Many people are like Jane. I admit there were times when I was taken aback by many awful truths of some medical illnesses but then that would be momentarily only. I believe all of us should attempt to know some basic information of health issues affecting us everyday. That way, when illnesses strike us we will be more ready to accept it and not be swept off our feet unguarded and unprepared. In many instances, many illnesses are not frightening by nature and do not portray grave images and also can be treated quickly and easily.

None of us are spared of illness. We are all responsible for our own health. Take action now and start reading, discussing and finding out as much medical information as possible. As an epilepsy advocate I encourage you to read some basic knowledge about epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that is still commonly unknown and largely misunderstood by the public.
One in every 50 people will develop epilepsy at some time in their live. One in every 20 people will have an epileptic seizure. Find out now what epilepsy is all about before it strikes you.

You can visit the EPILEPSY LINKS I have listed down on the right hand side bar of my blog to read and retrieve epilepsy information.


  1. Hi Serene - your post really struck home with me - a few months ago, I was stressed out with work, eating poorly, but it was only when I got a stomach complaint that I actually went to get it checked out by the doctors. That was when I discovered to my complete shock that my blood pressure was running dangerously high.

    Fortunately since I've made that frightening discovery I've been able to make the positive changes to my life that have really got my health back on track

    So I would say to anyone out there, please have a regular health check - don't put it off. Nothing is more important than your health!

  2. Hi Paul,

    I am so glad you discovered your high blood pressure problem in time and have made positive changes in your life to lower your health risk.

    Many people often complain that costs of medication is expensive or unaffordable. Then, many also claim they do not have medical coverage to pay their hospital bills. A lot of these are avoidable if only people care to make regular health check trips to their doctors before health issues become serious.

    It's always wisest to pay a penny first then to pay a pound later on.

  3. Your whole blog really makes me feel as if there is someone else out there like me. There are so many misconceptions about Epilepsy, and to me it seems that society is poorly educated about this disease or condition. I am glad to see that you are promoting awareness, as am I. I am 17 years old and I have been correctly diagnosed with Epilepsy for 3 years. However, I have been dealing with the seizures since I was 12-13 years old. I know how it feels to be scared of not knowing when a seizure will come on, and if one were to come on when I was anywhere else than with my family, boyfriend, or a few select friends - I would be in big trouble because almost everyone I meet doesn't know how to care for a person who has seizures or doesn't even know what Epilepsy is! I want to thank you for promoting awareness, because even though it is something small, it is for a greater cause. I am also beginning a blog about Epilepsy. Last Wednesday I have had a VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator) implanted, so my current blogs will be explaining how I feel during the first few days and months of this treatment. If you meet anyone who is curious about wanting to try VNS you can definitely tell them to check out my blog, as I will be posting frequently about this new experience. God bless you, I will be glad to help you in any way that I can!

  4. Hi Amanda,

    Nice to meet you. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and sharing with me your views about epilepsy and public misconception. Indeed, a lot needs to be done to educate the public as much as possible on what epilepsy is about and how to help someone appropriately while in a state of seizure.

    I wish you will be seizure free with the VNS implant. There are many successful cases with VNS. I would love you to appear in my blog whenever you are ready. I am sure your story will be a very inspirational one to share with people.

  5. Thanks Serene,
    I am so sorry to reply late but I have been very pressed with time... between school and doctors visits on top of a regular teenage life, it seems there's no time left!
    I am also hoping to be seizure free with this VNS Therapy, and I too have heard about many successful cases which is giving me even more hope. It would be an honor to appear on your blog and that is fine with me whenever you have the time.
    I love reading your blogs, they are so very helpful. Especially the one about traveling. I forwarded it to a friend who is about to take a trip to Europe. It basically summed up every bit of advice I could have given her... a great resource page!
    I love what you do, so keep on doing it! You are bring a huge populating into the light of society after being in the dark for so long. God bless you!

  6. Hi Amanda,

    Stress is often a contributing factor to seizures and I am hoping you will cope well with your stress. Take your time to reply as there is no hurry to it. "Seizure Free" is in the minds of every PWE and I truly hope you are going to be one of the fortunate ones very soon.

    Your article may appear in my blog sometime in the coming 2 months (June, July). This way, you will have time to write your article (photos included, if you wish) and forward it to me for posting.

    You are doing great as well in your blog and I like your openness in sharing your epilepsy journey with everyone who wants to know about it. Many people do not even have the courage to admit they have epilepsy up front.

    God bless you too and your family as well.


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