Helping Oklahomans with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is Not a MENTAL illness
Epilepsy is Not a CURSE
Epilepsy is Not CONTAGIOUS
Epilepsy is a Disorder, Not a DISEASE!

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Events

  • March 9th, 2015
    • 6:30pm: Epilepsy Support Group Meeting
  • March 10th, 2015
    • 8:00am: On The Road Family Perspective Conference FREE
  • March 16th, 2015
    • 6:00pm: Board Meeting
  • March 26th, 2015
    • Epilepsy Awareness Day
  • March 28th, 2015
    • 7:00am: 5 K Run @ Owasso OK.
  • April 20th, 2015
    • 11:00am: People with Disabilities Awareness Day
  • April 21st, 2015
    • 8:00am: On The Road Family Perspective Conference FREE

   

 

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We now take credit card donations through PayPal and GiveSmartOKC.

Checks that you send should be made out to:
The Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma.
Donations are fully tax deductible and will be used to fund our programs:

1) Speaker’s bureau.
2) Medication assistance.
3) Support groups.
4) Annual Epilepsy Youth Camp
5) The Newsletter.
6) Association meetings.



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Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma
711 Stanton L. Young Blvd. Suite 550
Oklahoma City, Ok. 73104
   

 

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Welcome to the Home of the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma

 
 
Mrs. Jenniafer Walters - President  A tongue has NO bone but it can BREAK a heart.
So, watch what you say...to someone


Since 1978, the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma has been incorporated as a nonprofit health agency with the mission of helping Oklahomans who have epilepsy and their families.
“Knowledge is power, or so it is said.
Often times when receiving a diagnosis of disability it does not feel very empowering.”
 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission of the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma is to:
  • Continue our speaker’s bureau.
  • Education about seizures for schools and communities
  • Emergency seizure medication assistance
  • Support groups in as many cities/towns in Oklahoma as possible
  • Annual Epilepsy Youth Camp; Health Fair booths
  • Quarterly newsletter and state-wide Association meetings.

I call epilepsy a “stealth” disease, but it’s difficult to imagine how so few people can know about a disease that affects so many. For example, few people know:

  •  Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages – more than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Parkinson’s Disease combined.
  •  In America, Epilepsy is as common as Breast Cancer, and takes as many lives.
  • Almost 500 new cases of Epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the United States.
  •  Epilepsy affects 50,000,000 people worldwide.
  •  One in 100 people will develop Epilepsy.
  •  One in 10 people will suffer a seizure in their lifetime.
  •  This year another 200,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Epilepsy.
  •  Each year over 125,000 to 150,000 are newly diagnosed with Epilepsy.
  •  30% of those diagnosed are children.
  •  Epilepsy can develop at any age and can be a result of genetics, stroke, head injury, and many other factors.
  •  For many soldiers suffering traumatic brain injury on the battlefield, Epilepsy will be a long-term consequence.
  •  In two-thirds of patients diagnosed with Epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
  •  In over 30% of patients, seizures cannot be controlled with treatment.
  •  Uncontrolled seizures may lead to brain damage and death.
  •  Up to 50,000 Americans die each year from seizures and related causes.
  •  The mortality rate among people with Epilepsy is two to three times higher than the general population.
  •  Risk of sudden death among those with Epilepsy is twenty-four times greater.
  •  Epilepsy results in an estimated annual cost of $15.5 billion in medical costs and lost or reduced earnings and production.
  •  Historically, epilepsy research has been under-funded. Each year NIH spends $30 billion of medical research, but just ½ of 1% is spent on epilepsy.
  •  The Federal government spends much less on Epilepsy research compared to other diseases, many which affect fewer people.
  •  St Valentine is the patron saint of people with epilepsy!

KATIE'S LAW MIGHT COME TO OKLAHOMA WITH YOUR HELP
KATIE’S LAW HB 2154

We have some very exciting news to share with our Epilepsy Association Family! We are very excited to announce a bill we hope will help children with difficult to control seizures receive a new treatment option. HB 2154, Katie's Law, passed committee this week. This bill allows children who suffer from severe seizure disorders under medical supervision to take an oil containing high CBD and low THC. Here is what it is and isn't.

What it is, is an opportunity for children who are otherwise without hope to take an experimental medicine that may give them hope where there is none. It is a nonintoxicating substance with no threat of abuse because it would contain at most .3 THC. It is supported by the Oklahoma Medical Association and the Oklahoma Bureau of Dangerous Drugs. It is similar to legislation passed in other conservative states like Utah and South Carolina. And for children like our daughter Katie Dodson it is likely their last hope.

What it is not, is a full blown medical marijuana bill that will allow children (or anyone else for that matter) to smoke cannibis or get high.

This bill has passed in other conservative states, can be supported whether you are for or against medical marijuana and is unequivocally supported by the medical field that works in pediatric epilepsy. It is without a doubt the right thing to do. We believe the entire legislature will have the courage to pass it this year.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! We are calling for action today, as HB 2154 may go before a vote of the OK State Legislators at any time. Please CONTACT your legislators (State Representatives and Senators) and tell them you support HB 2154 also called "Katie's Law" and as their constituent, you want their support for this Bill as well. Please take just a few minutes to do this, and share with your friends, families, and neighbors. Every vote will count and you have the chance to be a part of changing Oklahoma History!!!

Below we have posted a site where you can put in your address and it will tell you who your state representative and your state senator are and how to contact them. http://oklegislature.gov

You can also read HB 2154, Katie's Law, in full here:

http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16%20INT/hB/HB2154%20INT.PDF

SUPPORT GROUP MEETING - PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS
As the caregiver of a child with epilepsy, we know you are searching for answers to difficult questions.
We want to help you!

RESCHEDULED - For This Date March 9, 2015!

Support Group for patients and families living with Epilepsy and learn how others manage!
Ever feel like:
“I’m the only one that knows what it is like to have Seizures”
“How could this happen to us?
“How do other families deal with this?”

RSVP 405-271-3232



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Refreshments will be provided by Cyberonics, Inc.
READ FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION

SIEZE THE MOMENT 2015
2015
SIEZE THE MOMENT
STONE CANYON
OWASSO, OKLAHOMA


Sieze The Moment 2015
(click on image to open PDF flyer)

To register for this great annual event please click on the link below

http://seizethemoment2015.eventbrite.com

Thank you

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
ON THE ROAD
IN
DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA


On the road in Duncan, Oklahoma
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To register for this great annual event please click on the link below

Registration - https://soonersuccessduncanotr.eventbrite.com


DISABILITIES AWARENESS DAY 2015
Disabilities Awareness Day 2015


People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2015 is Monday, April 20, 2015 at the State Capitol from noon till 4:30 p.m. Your organization is invited to have an exhibit booth at the event.

Each year awareness day gives people with disabilities and advocates like you a chance to talk with decision-makers who can preserve or expand services that make a critical difference in the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities.

Last year, more than 900 people participated in this free event, which is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and friends. This year, our goal is to have 901 people in attendance. To do that we need for you and your organization’s members to come and be a part of this important event.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES
UNITED DONORS IN THE WORKPLACE WITH OUR NATION’S TRUSTED HEALTH CHARITIES

BUILD CULTURES OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

FIND COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES, SUPPORT THE CHARITIES YOU KNOW – LIKE –
 “EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA”

CFC – COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN #27949
CFC IS THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY

CHC – PUBLIC SECTOR CAMPAIGN #8007
OKLAHOMA STATE

CBD OIL STUDY

Learn more about what CBD Oil is and what it
can do to help those with life-threating seizure diseases.
Please watch the video link below and find out what you can
do to participate in this study.

If you would like to be apart of this STUDY please contact
Oklahoma State Representative Jon Echols, District 88, at the link below.

JonEchols@okhouse.gov


http://www.news9.com/category/116601/video-page?autostart=true&clipId=10480634

CBD Oil

END EPILEPSY

End Epilepsy


Epilepsy research received $129 million in federal funding in 2013. That's $59 per person with epilepsy. There are more with EPILEPSY than all the people with Multiple Sclerosis + Muscular Dystrophy + Parkinson’s disease put together, but EPILEPSY only receives 31% of what they receive in federal research funding. Our intent is certainly not to take research funding from any other disease, because they all need more support! We just want EPILEPSY to get a fairer share. We journey to D.C. each year to join our Epilepsy Foundation in advocating for more $ for research. Like and Share to show you want EPILEPSY to get a more equal share. #EndEpilepsy — with Ryan Thomas.
ZEUS AND THALIA ARE PURPLE PROUD

WE ARE PURPLE PROUD - WHAT ABOUT YOU?
 
Purple Proud
SUPPORT
EPILEPSY ASSOCIAION OF OKLAHOMA

Photo courtesy of Tanya Beaven

 
Talk About It  This is an AMAZING site for people with EPILEPSY. If you have been recently diagnosed or been living with EPILEPSY for a while, PLEASE visit this site. You're NOT alone.

Talk About It.org created by Greg Grunberg (star of LOVE BITES, HEROES, ALIAS and FELICITY) unites Hollywood celebrities and top health care experts to end the misperceptions and misunderstanding about epilepsy and seizure disorders. Greg Grunberg, whose eldest son has epilepsy, has dedicated his time, energy and passion to working toward ending the stigma around epilepsy and bringing public focus on the need to find a cure and to help give a voice to people living with epilepsy. To get more people talking about epilepsy!