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Dr. Alfonsina Q. (Nina) Davies Epilepsy Foundation
September 5,  2014
THE MISSION of the Dr. Alfonsina Q. Davies Epilepsy Foundation is to improve the lives of those afflicted through increased research efforts, a better treatment modality and the elimination of the stigma and prejudice that surrounds this disease in all facets of public life. 
Give a Gift of Life and Health.  Please  DONATE WHAT YOU CAN  for those who are suffering and dying daily from this horrible disease.  Anyone at any age can have a seizure!!!
DEFINITION:  A seizure is a transient occurrence of signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain.
The following is a summary of the symptoms of Epilepsy.  There are links to more in depth descriptions at the end of the article. (PDF Copy Attached)
Epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, seizures can affect any process your brain coordinates. A seizure can produce symptoms such as:
  • Temporary confusion
  • A staring spell
  • Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Loss of consciousness or awareness
  • Psychic symptoms
Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure. In most cases, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time, so the symptoms will be similar from episode to episode.Doctors generally classify seizures as either focal or generalized.
Focal seizures: result from abnormal activity in just one area of your brain they're called focal (partial) seizures. These seizures fall into two categories 
  • Simple focal seizures. These seizures don't result in loss of consciousness. They may alter emotions or change the way things look, smell, feel, taste or sound. They may also result in involuntary jerking of a body part, such as an arm or leg, and spontaneous sensory symptoms such as tingling, dizziness and flashing lights.
  • Dyscognitive focal seizures. These seizures alter consciousness or awareness and cause the person to lose awareness for a period of time. Dyscognitive focal seizures often result in staring and purposeless movements — such as hand rubbing, chewing, swallowing or walking in circles.
Generalized seizures: appear to involve all areas of the brain. There are six types of generalized seizures: 
  • Absence seizures. Absence seizures or petit mal are characterized by staring and subtle body movement. These seizures can cause a brief loss of awareness.
  • Tonic seizures. Tonic seizures cause stiffening of your muscles. It usually affects muscles in your back, arms and legs and may cause you to fall to the ground.
  • Clonic seizures. Clonic seizures are associated with rhythmic, jerking muscle movements of the neck, face and arms.
  • Myoclonic seizures. Myoclonic seizures usually appear as sudden brief jerks or twitches of your arms and legs.
  • Atonic seizures. Atonic seizures, also known as drop seizures, cause a loss of muscle control, which may cause you to suddenly collapse or fall down.
  • Tonic-clonic seizures. Tonic-clonic seizures, also called grand mal seizures, are characterized by a loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shaking, and sometimes loss of bladder control or biting your tongue.
Unfortunatelly our daughter Nina suffered all of the above at different times in her life. it was not easy for her or for us and this WHY we must find a cure. PLEASE OPEN YOUR HEART AND DONATE WHAT YOU CAN.
More Information: 

Warning Signs of Epilepsy  Epilepsy Foundation 
Epilepsy Signs and Symptoms  University of California San Francisco

 Nina's Song - Sledd  New Record almost done.
...and the mix rolls on! Today we begin work on a special song written for and dedicated to the late Nina Davies, a lifelong epilepsy sufferer but also a dedicated and successful educator and activist for epilepsy awareness. The name of the song which soon will be on a CD is NINA'S COURAGE
You can learn about Nina's story at also the home of the non-profit organization in her memory that seeks to increase awareness and bring new research and specialty education facilities into the battle against this common and misunderstood affliction.
Nina's Courage in Epilepsy   (Digital Version)
 On Sale September 20th - 26th
Nina’s Biography, “Nina’s Courage in Epilepsy” goes on special sale September 20th through the 26th.  There will be a sliding scale of discounts over those days, starting with $.99  and ending with $2.99 on the 26th
You can click on AMAZON to buy the book.  All proceeds go to the Dr. Alfonsina Q. Davies Epilepsy Foundation. It is not only an inspirational story of a remarkable woman, it is educational and  A MUST READ FOR EVERY ONE.
Octobers Newsletters - 
October 5  The focus is on the Emergency Treatment that you should provide if you witness anyone having a seizure. It is something that everyone should know, since this neurological disease is so widespread world wide.

October 17  Advocates for Nina’s Foundation:  We will recognize Dr. Ron McCleave and his dental group Center Point Dental in San Diego. These individuals or businesses have become “Warriors against epilepsy” through their unselfish support of Nina's cause.

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