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Even though epilepsy is common, silence, fear and myths about epilepsy persist in every community, including Asian American communities.

While the research available on Asian American communities and epilepsy is limited, data suggests that 255,000 Asian Americans in the United States — or 3 in 200 — have epilepsy.

Epilepsy can be confusing and there is a lot of misunderstanding about what causes epilepsy and how epilepsy can impact a person’s day-to-day life.

In my culture, like in many others, epilepsy is a condition not to be talked about…Lack of understanding about epilepsy, along with challenges finding affordable, quality care available in Asian languages, can make it hard for many Asian Americans living with epilepsy and their families to live full and healthy lives.

By starting the conversation about epilepsy, we can help improve the lives of Asian Americans living with epilepsy for the better.

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