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Biking can be an excellent activity for the warm summer weather; however, it is important to be mindful of how to bike safely if you have epilepsy.

To start, it is important to note your triggers. If your seizures are triggered by temperature change or by strobe/ flashing lights, you should take caution if you choose to bike. Evidently, when biking outside, you will likely get very hot in a short period of time, which can cause a seizure if this is when you are most susceptible. Next, when the sun is low and you are in an area with many trees, it can create a strobe light effect. Although this will not always be the case, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and what may cause your seizures. If these are your triggers, you can eliminate them by biking in shaded areas.

Secondly, if you are newly diagnosed and do not have your seizures under control, biking may not be ideal. However, if you choose to bike it is recommended that you bring

TTC button

As a person with epilepsy, I often get told to hide my disease. I get told to make sure that I do not tell my employers or that other people do not know; unless they truly have to. Well, if I spend all of my time hiding my disease from everyone, why should I be expected to disclose it to random strangers on public transit?

Evidently, this logic does not make sense. I believe that the whole purpose of this initiative was to showcase invisible illnesses; however, people will still never be able to understand what they cannot see. This means that regardless of whether or not a person is wearing a button, people will still not give up seats because they cannot see that anything is physically wrong with the person.

I truly do not think that having a button is required as it simply sets disabled people aside from abled bodies. This makes it easier for people without a disability to pick on others and victimize those with one. The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance

Best Summer Ever


Welcome! In this blog you will find some important information about how to live a worry-free summer with epilepsy. There are many helpful tips as well as interesting topics that can help educate you on the importance of living your best life with epilepsy and how this can be achieved.






Hi! My name is Rebekah. I am a twenty year old paramedic student who has epilepsy. I have been seizure free for three years and am happy to share with you the tips and tricks that I have learned to having a safe and seizure-free summer. I cannot wait to help you understand that living with epilepsy does not have to be dreadful, and that the summer can still be one of the most fun times of the year. With a positive mindset and good support, we can all make it through this together. 



Heat and

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.

Happy Epilepsy Awarness Month

On behalf of Epilepsy Durham Region thank you for celebrating Epilepsy Awareness Month, and in essence assisting us in eradiating stigma associated with the neurological disease for the 1 in 100 who are affected.


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