Taking your anti-epileptic medications

Anti-epileptic medications (AED) are given generally as the first treatment option for people diagnosed with epilepsy. They are preventative medications designed to calm the over-excited brain cells that cause seizures. Neurologists aim to stop seizures by choosing the best AED for a person based on age, seizure type, sex, side effects and optimum control. Their preference is always going to be monotherapy but, quite often,

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Living with the challenges of epilepsy

Epilepsy (regardless of severity) creates life challenges and impacts on a person’s quality of life Epilepsy is the most complex and serious neurological condition and it affects at least 1–2 % of our population. This equates to over 40,000 New Zealanders and about 70 million people globally, with at least 80 % living in developing regions of the world. Epilepsy is the fourth-most common neurological

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2017 – Annual General Meeting (AGM)

NOTICE OF 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust (EWCT) will be held at St Peter’s Cathedral Hall, 51 Victoria Street, Hamilton, on Wednesday, 13 September 2017, commencing at 6.30 pm. AGENDA Welcome by chairperson Apologies Confirmation of minutes of the previous AGM held on 13 September 2016* Matters arising Patron, Hon. Tim

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“Leading the Way” Newsletter − July 2017

Welcome everyone, Writing newsletters is always an enjoyable experience because it enables us to reflect on where we have been, and what we can look forward to in the future. It is all wonderful news and we are thrilled by the ongoing support that we have in our community by our funders, our supporters and by you: our valued clients and friends. Thank you all

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Access Alliance: we seek your support

Dear supporter, Access Alliance: we seek your support The Access Alliance is a group of 12 active organisations that includes the Blind Foundation, a proud member of the Alliance, spanning the disability community. The Alliance began a nation-wide campaign to improve access and accessibility for people with disabilities in New Zealand. The central focus is to work towards the development of an “Accessibility for New

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Our Epilepsy Books off to World Book Fair

EWCT has produced two children’s epilepsy books, “Ben’s Buddies” and “Ariana and Jack” which have been chosen to go to this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (3-6 April) in Italy. This occasion is considered to be the leading professional event dedicated to children’s publishing in the world and EWCT is excited that our epilepsy books will be representing New Zealand and, more importantly, all children

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Breathing Space – Life Coaching

This is Rebecca Jefferies from Breathing Space Coaching. She is available to coach you individually or in small groups. As your coach, Rebecca will become your own personal cheerleader for your life. She will be an advocate for you to ensure you are living the life that you truly desire. Rebecca will provide you with ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make

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Epilepsy Artwork by Grace Condie

My name is Grace Condie I am 18 years old from Auckland and I was diagnosed with Epilepsy when I was 9 years old. Having seizures has definitely changed my life, but so has art. I have always been passionate in all kinds of art; such as painting, drawing, photography and printmaking, and I express myself, as most artists do through all these different mediums.

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