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MASON CITY, Iowa - November might be known as 'No Shave November', but it's also a month centered around raising awareness for epilepsy.
According to the epilepsy foundation, 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their life and Mason City resident, Chris White is a part of that statistic.
When he was born he had a stroke and after his brain developed more, there was damage left behind that would change his life forever.
"I went to see the doctor and did all kinds of tests, the MRI and EEG,” White said, “I had some scar tissue on my brain, which I started having multiple seizures and I was diagnosed with epilepsy."
According to the epilepsy foundation, more than 450,000 people under the age of seventeen are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.
While White might be a part of growing statistics, thanks to medical advances over the years, things have gotten a little easier.
"I’m actually on medication and I can say I’ve actually not had a seizure in over a month which is the longest for quite a while,” White said.
Medications are White’s approach to a seizure plan but episodes vary from person to person and everyone’s plan is different.
Mary Hanna, the school nurse at Roosevelt Elementary School said that having open communication with parents and the students is important to know what kinds of seizures to expect from students.
"We come up with a plan of care, what we do if a child has a seizure, or if it’s typical for the student, and that involves we get the plan with the student, with the parent and also the physician of the child,” Hanna said.
While there isn't a cure for epilepsy, the medications available have made it possible for those with epilepsy like Chris to take medications to help with the frequency of seizures.
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