Christmas

HOLIDAYS AND EPILEPSY


The holiday season is meant to be very joyful and stress-free; however, it normally ends up being the opposite. Constant cleaning for guests, shopping for gifts and going to holiday parties can cause one to feel overwhelmed and worried. This time of year can also bring memories of lost family members which can manifest into sadness or depression.


To begin, it is important to realize that being highly stressed is not good for anyone, particularly someone with epilepsy. This is because stress can be a trigger for someone with this neurological disease, and can cause an increase of seizure activity. Evidently, not everyone with epilepsy has seizures triggered by stress; though, it is important to try and avoid stress when possible to ensure better physical health.


A great way to reduce stress around the time of the holidays is to learn to manage your time. This means planning what you are going to do for

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As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to extend best wishes for the holiday season. I hope that for all of you, it is a time for relaxing with family and friends.


Epilepsy Durham Region had the good fortune to celebrate its 30th anniversary through 2017, a milestone celebrated throughout the year with many friends. Much of our year has been focused on ensuring the epilepsy care can be achieved in Durham Region. With good planning and team work from many in our community we have been successful in establishing partnerships with specialists to ensure you can receive appropriate care. I am extremely proud of and grateful for the hard work and commitment our community has expressed to help Chelsea and I fulfill our dedication to this initiative.

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As March break gets closer and closer, I subsequently find myself experiencing correlative bouts of jealousy when I tap in to social media and see plans of vacations to far-away lands and dream destinations. It's no secret to most that I spend my winters longing for warmer temperatures and the touch of beach sand on my feet (some days I follow the sun around my office, and I keep my Birkenstocks in the back seat of my car... just in case), and travel has always been something I have had an affinity for. But living with epilepsy makes for an added twist when you want to pack up all of your things and get away for a while.

It's hard to believe we are sitting down to write a wrap up for 2015. It seems like a daunting task to properly encompass all of the notable moments of the past year, one in which we are not really sure where to begin.

 

With the Epic Climb of the Grand Canyon behind us in 2014, Epilepsy Durham Region was determined to keep the momentum moving in to 2015, and hit the ground running. 2015 would be a year of transformation, not just for our organization, but also for Epilepsy itself.

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Happy New Year Everyone,

 

I hope you had a really wonderful Christmas holiday.

 

It's hard to believe that we are mid-way through January, with this cold weather, I'm longing for an afternoon in my backyard sitting in the sun and listening to the sounds of summer, lawn mowers, birds, kids.... Ah. I'm looking out of my office window right now and the cold wind is blowing snow and the little birds away from my birdfeeder. I have to go outside shortly and I know that that wind is just going to bite my cheeks.

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