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Epilepsy Came Here A Long Time Ago And Never Left

Updated on June 19, 2012

Well known People With Epilepsy In The Past And In The Present

Epilepsy has effected humans for a very long time. It doesn't matter if someone is rich or poor, a king or a slave. Epilepsy still effects them.

The earliest reference to epilepsy was recorded in 500 B.C. in Mesopotamia where people had general Auras in which can make a person feel dizzy, effect vision, hearing, balance, and cause them to see things which are not there. These people also had convulsions, which included falling to the ground and uncontrollable shaking and twisting of body parts. These symptoms where accurately recorded.

In ancient times, people thought that people who had the convulsions , were possessed by demons or evil spirits, and tried to drive them out with magic and prayers. However, the auras where not believed to be the same. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that people who had auras were supernatural beings or spiritual people. Ancient Egyptians painted them with halos around their heads. They were highly honored.

There are well known people in history who were recorded to have had epilepsy.

Dante - Author of The Divine Comedy. An epic poem, in which he writes about his journey through hell. He is shown that hell has nine circles, the middle of which is in the center of earth.

Napoleon Bonaparte- The first Emperor of France. Napoleon began war efforts against nearly every European power, which was not a good thing. Napoleon died in 1821.

Harreit Tubman- She developed epilepsy after receiving a head injury from her slave master. She was a wonderful woman, who after escaping from slavery, went back and help others to escape from slavery, by developing the Underground Railroad.

Henry Winkler - The man who played Fonzie on the television series 'Happy Days' which was on from 1974 to 1984 has epilepsy.

Prince- This American singer and song writer revealed in 2009, that he has epilepsy.

So, once again as history has shown us, when it comes to epilepsy, it does not matter if you are rich or poor, king or a slave. Epilepsy simply is what it is.


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting read about a frightening disease, one I have witnessed several times in my lifetime. Great job of bringing this disease to the light so we can all learn from you.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you billybuc the doctors are learning a lot now. Thank God for that.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Michelle, voted up, useful and interesting! I had no idea that the people you mentioned as examples had epilepsy. Great hub, terrific research. It is wonderful you are sharing this valuable information, and I know many hubbers will not only benefit from this write, but will probably share it with others. God bless you, Sparklea :)

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Sparklea, that means a lot to me.

      God Bless you:)

      Michele

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Thank you for telling us about epilepsy Michele...this is an interesting and informative article!

      Take care,

      Helen

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Helen, I appreciate your comment.

      God bless you,

      Michele

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      I didn't know these people had this disease either. Apparently there is a way to control it somewhat I would guess.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi Pollyannalana, there are many ways to control epilepsy, it depends upon they type of epilepsy a person has. There are several kinds of epilepsy. Some children grow out of it, some need medication, and some need surgery. A lot of people have epilepsy, but don't tell anyone because they are ashamed. But, I try to tell people "Epilepsy doesn't have you, you have epilepsy"

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Michele.. this is an amazing hub., I didn't know all these people have epilepsy.. I am so sorry when I hear you had just had a seizure. how are you feeling?

      blessings to you .. My prayers are with you

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Interesting hub article. You mentioned some people I did not realize had epilepsy. My dear aunt has epilepsy and I have been with her when she has had a seizure. It is one that she has learned to live with and faces with strong faith. I admire your courage, Michele. Praying for your journey and well being. Take care.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Debbie and Teaches, I am doing fine now. The doctors we have now are learning more about it. They are very helpful. Thank you very much for your prayers. They mean a lot to me.

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      Miche Wro 4 years ago

      Interesting, I had no clue Prince had this medical issue. I had an uncle who died from this. It's scary to see someone have an episode. Great Hub, Michele. Love your writing.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      I had no clue that it was revered by ancient Greeks and Romans. It's interesting to know that there are many out there with epilepsy who manage to thrive and live an outstanding life. You're too are a shining example. Thanks for the interesting read.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      michememe I didn't know about Prince either until I researched for this hub. I am sorry for your uncle.

      Thank you anglnwu the ancient Greeks and Romans only liked the auras. Not the ones who shook and fell down. I would like to thank both of you for your comments.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Marc-Thank you for your comment :)

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thanks for the great hub. I did not know that Henry Winkler has epilepsy. I used to work with a woman that had seizures nearly every day.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Lipnancy I am sorry to hear ( read ) about her. I hope she gets the help she needs. The doctors we have today are doing a lot more to help people, so maybe she is doing better.

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      Lilly 4 years ago from Denmark

      Very good hub Michele. One of my best friends has epilepsy, so I found this hub interesting.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for your comment. I hope your friend has found a good doctor. Some are better then others. Some neurologists are better then others. So, I do hope he/she finds a good one.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very interesting article. I have had a few students with epilepsy over the years. I had no idea about the famous individuals with epilepsy. :)

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      phdast7 famous people keep it to themselves. Like most of us. We usually don't tell anybody. But, if you are famous, here comes the paparazzi

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      Bobby 4 years ago from U.K

      I have a few friends with bad epilepsy so I've seen a fair few seizures. This is a great hub in bringing to light this condition. Voted up and shared.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Bobski606 Thank you so much for you comment and thank you for sharing!

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