Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride joined fellow MSPs who put themselves in the picture about epilepsy issues for epilepsy awareness week. They framed their personal support for 54,000 people living with epilepsy in Scotland with a photo to help highlight this year’s ‘many faces of epilepsy’ theme.
“Epilepsy is still the most common, serious neurological condition in the world but it impacts each person’s life in a unique and individual way. Epilepsy affects men, women and children of all ages from every ethnic group and social status. The outlook is brighter for the half whose seizures are well managed with medication. The picture is less rosy for almost a fifth whose epilepsy care could be further improved while the remainder face a difficult time, as do their families and carers, due to uncontrolled seizures.
“Epilepsy Scotland believe that with the right treatment seven in 10 people with epilepsy could become seizure free. This could make a real difference to people in East Kilbride with epilepsy and would also save the NHS money. I want to help ensure that this happens. I am happy to be one of the many faces of epilepsy supporters in Scotland and to develop greater public awareness and understanding of epilepsy.”
Notes to Editor
According to Epilepsy Scotland’s 2011 manifesto, an estimated 9,750 people with epilepsy could become seizure free if their condition was better managed. This would save the NHS around £2.36 million a year.