Medical experts agree epilepsy affects between one and two percent of the world’s population with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy accounting for about half of that number. With nearly 7 billion people on earth, and about 310 million in the United States, the numbers of TLE sufferers become staggering: nearly 35 million worldwide and more than 1.5 million in the US, or roughly the population of Philadelphia.
The actual number may be much higher, however, because TLE shares many of the symptoms of migraines, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia.
The Internet offers amazing options when gathering and researching information. Anyone can read and compare research on the myriad treatments, medications, and theories related to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Surviving Wonderland is my attempt to share my experiences and research with others who struggle with this condition. I am not a physician; my information is not professional medical advice. I am offering the living face and human experience behind the diagnosis.
Sharon Powell worked in health information management, hospital patient finance, and medical publications for nearly 20 years before Temporal Lobe Epilepsy forced her early retirement. At the time, she was a national expert in ICD-10 coding and gave presentations at conferences around the country.
Her husband, John David Powell, is an award-winning journalist who has worked in journalism and public relations for nearly 40 years.
Sharon and John live in Texas.