The EPILEPSY SOCIETY of Kern County, Inc. was formed on May 12, 1954, after fifteen individuals met in the home of Georgia Johnson. The agency celebrated its 58th anniversary during National Awareness Month, November 2012.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that arises because the brain's impulses are not working properly. The normal electrical messages that the brain sends back and forth to tell the body how to behave and react, "misfire" in such a way that a "storm" of electrical activity occurs on the surface of the brain.
Individuals experience epilepsy in many different ways because their seizures can occur in many different ways. Seizures are grouped into the following two categories: generalized seizures, which affect the entire brain on onset and partial, or focal seizures which affect only a part of the brain on onset.
Learning to live with epilepsy can be trying or rewarding, it all depends on the individual. If the individual does not wish to be controlled by his/her seizures, not much can be done to help unless his/ her attitude changes. However if the individual wishes to make seizures a part of their life, the first step is to gain all the knowledge available about seizures, including attending support groups for emotional stability and control.
Epilepsy Society of Kern County
5117 Office Park Drive
Bakersfield, California 93309
Mud Volleyball Tournament for Epilepsy