Posted by Sithembele Peter
on July 30, 2000 at 16:43:17:
In Reply to: Re: South Africa posted by Ian on April 01, 2000 at 16:14:27:
:I am very upset and grately dissapointed by the ignorance our public seems to uphold with regards to Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterised by recurrent sezuires. It has nothing to do with mental illness. It can attack any one any time as no one is immuned from it. My concerned is the way we 'normal' people tend to discriminate against people with epilepsy. We make life difficult for them by desregarding and degrading their social status. We make them dependent on us as if they are stupid and incapable of initiating things themselves. This is morally unethical and I wish to submit that we change our attitudes. These people are normal and deserve the right to live life to the fullest and not to be stigmatized. I have epilepsy myself and I am presently pursuing my postgraduate diploma in International Studies with Rhodes University. I compete with 'normal' people and I am very proud of my achievements. All we are asking from our public is not to think that our illness actually defines who we are. You need to be able to distinguish between an epilepsy illness and a human being with epilepsy. We deserve to be treated with love and respect. More than anything I am appealing that you become considerate about this sensitive issue and empathise with us.
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