Team Aria is dedicating this website to follow Aria’s progress with medical marijuana as treatment for intractable epilepsy, caused by focal cortical dysplasia and polymicrogyria. As we go through the ups and downs of epilepsy and work our way towards a successful treatment, our goal is to raise epilepsy awareness along the way. As we follow Aria’s progress, we’d also like to ask our readers to share their stories with us, and tell us how you’ve continued to persevere despite the curve balls epilepsy throws. You can submit your story to be featured on our site, or simply have a friendly exchange and words of encouragement, (from us to you of course!).
- 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime
- About 3 million Americans living with active epilepsy, adults and children
- 1 million Americans have uncontrolled epilepsy
- There are many types of seizures, but the one most commonly known is a drop seizure, or grand mal seizure
- Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder
- There are twice as many people with epilepsy as there are with:
- cerebral palsy (500,000), muscular dystrophy (250,000), multiple sclerosis (350,000), and cystic fibrosis (30,000) combined