Sue Sienna Dinglasan is a two-time stroke survivor who is just 31 years old. Her experiences with stroke had taken some of her motor skills away. Her campaign aims to fund her journey into a full recovery. You may visit her campaign and reach out to her through here.

Last May, Maria Flor Borja was hospitalized due to a seizure. She is 64 years old, and being without pension (only having her sari-sari store to make ends meet) she is unable to afford the angiogram advised by her doctor. Her campaign was set up in hopes of raising funds for her post-seizure treatment. You may also read about it here.

 

What are strokes and what are seizures? How do they occur and what are their effects? Each organ in the human body are subject to their own kinds of conditions and attacks. For the brain, strokes and seizures are some of its possible threats.

The brain is important to the human body because it controls our every action, memory, and feeling. It’s the reason why we are able to comprehend and experience the world around us, shaping our personalities, attitudes, emotions, and everything else that makes us “human” in the emotional sense. It is very crucial then that our brains remain unharmed.

Strokes

The stroke is a well-known condition of the brain. Strokes can be called a “brain attack” as it is similar to the way heart attack works with hearts. A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area is cut off, depriving brain cells of oxygen and consequently killing them. When brain cells die, abilities controlled by that brain area (memory, motor skills, etc) are hindered.

The effect a stroke has on each person depends on the location of its occurrence as well as intensity. For small strokes, one can just have a temporary weakness of a limb. But for larger strokes, one can lose certain motor skills and speech abilities.

Seizures

Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Severe cases of seizures can cause unconsciousness and convulsions –how long these last may vary. Most seizures subside on their own and can be of minimal concern, yet the danger in seizures lie on the possibilities of self-injuries that can turn life threatening. For instance, a person who is having a seizure may injure is head on the floor, or may drown if were swimming. Another danger of seizures can be their very cause; strokes and brain tumors are known to cause seizures and must be treated immediately.

 

Conditions of the brain can happen to any person at any given time. As human beings, we are tied together in these possibilities of disease, in the vulnerabilities of our bodies, in the fragility of our health. Realizing that we aren’t all too different from each other encourages more empathy and care; it becomes a step towards forming a culture of giving. May we give to others, not because they aren’t as fortunate as us, but because we can see ourselves in their joys, in their sorrows, in their pain, and in their hopes & dreams.


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Sources:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9969-introduction-the-human-brain/

http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/what-stroke

http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/understanding-seizures-basics

http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/epilepsy-101/how-serious-are-seizures

https://medlineplus.gov/seizures.html