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Who Says Epilepsy Can't Be Cured?

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17 November 2010
By Luna Dewan
Bangalore, India

General belief regarding epilepsy is that it is not curable but a Bangalorean stands as a testimony that it can indeed be cured by taking medication religiously.

"Continuously for 10 years, I was under medication. Then for surety purpose, I continued the medication for another 10 years. It has been 25 years now and I have not had any epileptic attack", says 48–yearold K C Janardhan.

He is a calligraphy expert and an Executive Committee Member of Indian Epilepsy Association.

He was suffering from hotwater epilepsy (wherein a hotwater bath triggers seizures) since birth. The condition was diagnosed when he was sevenyearold. He says it was in 196768 that he started taking treatment from NIMHANS.

"Now with the advancement of science, a lot of medications are available and about 80 per cent of epileptic cases can be treated", Janardhan says.

He adds a caution: "Epileptics should keep in mind that once they start taking medicine, they should not miss even one dose during the course of medication, else it will relapse and have to start all over it again."

He says epileptic patients should be made aware that the disease is curable. He adds that the knowledge will boost their morale and drive them to achieve greater heights.

Janardhan himself has written about 75,000 citations for countries such as Spain, Italy, France and has delivered lectures in several management colleges.

'Stigma hurts more than seizures'
Janardhan says when he, at the age of seven, started going to NIMHANS for treatment, children in his society started taunting him as mad. He adds that as he used to regularly go to a hospital for mental patients, other children never played with him.

"It is not be intensity of the disease [meaning seizures] but the stigma and myths attached with the disease, which have been lowering the selfesteem of epileptics," he avers.

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