While Klauk's partial-onset seizures are typically 30-second periods where he spaces out and chuckles, partial-onset seizures vary from person to person and can also present as twitching or a sudden emotional swing.
"Almost 60 percent of people who have seizures experience partial-onset seizures,3 and while some have trademark characteristics like Jeff's that make them easier to identify, others might be barely perceptible, even to the person having them," said Kelly Simontacchi, Ph.D., Medical Director, CNS at UCB. "Even the most subtle partial-onset seizures cannot and should not be taken lightly."
A critical step for people experiencing partial-onset seizures may be to seek care from a specialist, who can help them manage their condition.
"My personal Pledge was going the extra mile to seek out the best health care team I could find and have the most productive conversations with them as possible," said Klauk, whose first partial-onset seizure occurred as he was driving his family to church. "Epilepsy is not something to hide from. I encourage others affected by partial-onset seizures to speak candidly with their doctors and loved ones, and go online to take their own Pledge."
UCB's Pledge campaign isn't just for those living with epilepsy. Caregivers, who are often on the front lines of epilepsy management with their loved ones, are also invited to take the Pledge.
"I took the Pledge for the one I love the most, and constantly strive to better understand the condition and how it impacts Jeff," said Shanna Klauk, Jeff's wife and the one he credits as his 'anchor' in helping him to manage his condition. "Standing outside Jeff's condition gives me a perspect
|SOURCE UCB, Inc.|
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