The children need a cure

To the editor:

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects 3 million people in the United States, and 10 million worldwide. Thirty thousand children under the age of 12 are affected.

There is currently no cure for seizures. Seizures can be controlled by certain medications, brain implantations or brain surgeries. These treatments are costly to both patients and their families as well. Even with these treatments there is a possibility of untimely death.

Much needs to be done regarding this disorder. The stigma of seizures still remains in Iowa including our public school system as well as the public at large. Many families, educators and students continue to remain silent or misinformed about the treatment of students with seizures. Iowan employers also discriminate adults with the disorder.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. If anyone wants to learn more about seizure disorders and the way in which all Iowan’s are impacted by it, please visit

Pam Sullens

Advocate for epilepsy