Friday, December 30, 2005

Notable individuals with epilepsy...

If you have epilepsy, dont feel alone, besides the fact that there are approximately 2.7 million Americans suffering from epilepsy, several websites list a number of very "famous" people that suffer from the disease...
Here are a few of my favorites:
Hugo Weaving, Danny Glover, Leonardo da Vinci, Fredric Handel, Sir Isaac Newton, Martin Luther, Edgar Allen Poe, Socrates, Pythagoras, Julius Caesar, St. Paul

There are not so many contempoary famous people are admitting that they have epilepsy. The disease still carries a stigma that has been carried forward for centuries. People do not want to disclose that they suffer from epilepsy because they are concerned as to how it might affect their social standing and job opportunities... which it may very well do. Besides, considering Tom Cruise's recent comments about depression, he would probably dismiss the disease with comments about his peers indicating that they should just take some vitamins and excercise more. Not bad advice, but probably won't help much if your epilepsy is caused by brain damage.

For more people with epilepsy, check out these sites:
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous.html
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous_writers.html
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous_leaders.html
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous_religious.html
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous_painters.html
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous_composers.html
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous_contemporary.html
http://www.enlighten.org.uk/famous_people/famous_people.html
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/michigan/famouspeople.cfm
http://www.geocities.com/epilepsy911/famouspeoplewithepilepsy.html

3 comments:

Rusty said...

Nice updates to your blog - like seeing the eeg printout.

I knew they thought St. Paul had epilepsy but didn't know about Martin Luther....

Did you know that an epileptic seizure in the temporal lobe can cause "God experiences"? There is a section about it in a book by neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran called Phantoms in the Brain.

Here is a link to more info on this phenomenon which is aparently quite real and documented http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro01/web2/Eguae.html

Matt Geyer said...

You forgot to mention the most famous of 2006!
drumroll please

Scott Geyer
notable for such achievments as:
making lots of blogs.
not killing his brother when he was younger
turning into a lobster in hawaii
beating halo 2 on legendary
(ok youre still working on that last one i assume)

Emeriol said...

Rusty,
I am not so sure about some of those diagnosis from 2k+ years ago... kinda sketchy as to wether the stuff was epilepsy, visions from god, or stuff made up by authors to give a little excitement to their stories...

Matt,
I have to agree, I am probably the most famous. ;) ... but not for my Halo skills. Probably more for my extensive use of elipses in my casual writing. I have never met anyone who abused the use of them quite as much as I have. As for killing my brother... well, I wouldn't count on that one yet. Keep up the smart comments and I will be headed back to Hawaii...