PODCAST: THRIVE Part 17: Gauteng woman with epilepsy shares her story – SABC News

A Gauteng woman, Linda Dias Menezes, was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1999 at the age of 13.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), epilepsy is a chronic, non-communicable disease of the brain that affects approximately 50 million people worldwide.

It is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movements that may involve part of the body or the whole body, and are sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and control of bowel or bladder function.

Seizures are the result of excessive electrical discharges in a group of brain cells. Different parts of the brain can be the site of such discharges.

According to the Department of Health, about one in 100 people have epilepsy and 75% of people had their first seizure before the age of 20 in South Africa.

Menezes shares his journey with disability, his personal achievements, his aspirations and his challenges with SABC Digital news producer Lebo Tshangela in this bi-weekly feature, Thrive.

She says, “People with epilepsy are able to keep their jobs and do well academically. I think the key is to just take care of yourself, know what your triggers are, and take your meds.

Below is the full podcast:

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