Small Town Times 2-4

Small Town Times EPILEPSY AWARENESS By: Amanda McClain November 2016 Issue 2-4 The “Thanksgiving” Issue Litchfield Public Schools PO Box 167 Litchfield, NE 68852-0167 Phone: 308-446-2244 Student Editors: Lori Bay, Rachel Linden, Amanda McClain, Tyren Howard, Joseph Ptacnik, RaNay Casper (not pictured), Tyla Runyan (not pictured) Newsletter Advisor: Mrs. Nikia Hunt nikia.hunt@litchfieldps.org Inside this Issue 1 2 3 3 4 4 5 6 7 9 9 10 11 12 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 Epilepsy Awareness Senior Spotlight New Teacher News Homecoming Royalty King Tut Day Farm to School Update Pumpkin Patch Thanksgiving Recipes 100 Year Celebration Mickey Mouse’s Birthday FFA News/Updates Sports Highlights October School Board Minutes General Fund Principal’s Report Superintendent’s Report Counselor’s Corner November Lunch Menu FBLA News/Updates November Events/Activities Calendar Early Years Preschool Newsletter Music Dept. News/Updates Epilepsy is a brain disorder that cause people to have recurring seizures. This is the fourth most common neurological disorder that affects people of all ages. Seizures occur is because clusters of nerve cells in the brain send the wrong signals. With the location, how much of the brain is affected, how much it spreads are factors that determine or classify the type of seizure and the impact it has on a person. With having a seizure it can affect almost everything they do or have. The seizure can affect their safety, work, and biggest of all is how they are viewed in public. This can also affect how a person thinks or how they behave in certain situations. A person is only diagnosed with disorder if they have had one or more seizures that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar according to epilepsy .com. The seizures in epilepsy can be related to a brain injury or any family tendency, but usually doctors are completely unknown. Also stated by epilepsy.com, one-third of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them. This being said if you are diagnosed at a young age you may have a good chance of outgrowing the seizures but have a high risk of them recurring when you get older. If a person already has a mental illness they have a greater risk of getting epilepsy in the future. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and stroke stated that about 70 percent of those diagnosed with epilepsy, seizures can be controlled with modern medicines or surgical techniques. Studies and safety measures will take a long time before they will fully figure out how to fully cure Epilepsy. 1