September 2015 NEWSLETTER
Serving Northern California from Fresno to Monterey to the Oregon border
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2015 Gala Sponsors
Shop Amazon!
Halloween Costumes! Decorations! Trick-O-Treats!

When you shop
AmazonSmile & select EFNC, Amazon will make a donation to help people w/ seizures.
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Get Informed! 
Schedule a Free Training Today!

In the event of a seizure, 
will people in your church, business, service club, school, book group, know what to do?
  • 60 min presentation on basic Seizure First Aid
  • Audiences include: School Personnel, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Service Providers, Community Agencies, Corporations, Students, Families
Donate Used Goods &
Shop Savers
Berkeley, Dublin, Vacaville

D onations benefit the 
Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California and  are
tax deductible
Savers accepts all gently used clothing and housewares.
Thank You
2015 Stroll Sponsors



Epilepsy Center of Excellence


Candlelight Gala

6:00 P.M., SATURDAY, November 21, 2015
FAIRMONT Hotel, San Francisco

Sponsor Today -- Registration Open Next Week!
Want to Volunteer? tracie@epilepsynorcal.org
Family! Friends! Colleagues! 
Live An Active & Full Life!
Self-Management Tips

We know that managing a condition like epilepsy can be complex and frustrating. Sometimes, seizures make it hard to work, go to school, drive, and take part in social activities. Sometimes epilepsy treatment makes these activities harder, too. Self-management skills can help people take control of their health and cope with their day-to-day challenges.

Self-management does not mean that people manage their health alone. Self-management requires an active partnership between a person with epilepsy, their family or friends, and the health care provider. Each one plays an important role in epilepsy self-management. 
Read more here
FIVE Ways 
To Save on Prescription Drugs
Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read her columns here.

"If you haven't experienced it yourself, you've no doubt heard about the outrageous - and rapidly growing - prices of certain prescription medications.

The average price of about one year of cancer-drug therapy has skyrocketed from $10,000 (or less) before 2000 to more than $100,000 by 2012, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study.

The new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi comes at a retail price tag of $84,000 for a 12-week course.

Prices are even spiking for some generics that have been around for years. Take the cost of the commonly used antibiotic doxycycline, which jumped from $20 for 500 pills in October 2013 to $1,849 in April 2014, according to AARP.

The unaffordability of drugs is a real and growing threat, even for people with health insurance.

Today I'm going to offer some tips on how to save money on your prescription drugs, whether you're insured or not." Continue 
article here.
Meet Gary
Volunteer of the Month
Gary Wilson has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer with EFNC for three years. He attends multiple health fairs and conducts seizure first aid trainings in the Sacramento area. Gary is dedicated to expanding epilepsy awareness and breaking down the stigma associated with epilepsy. 

Gary is an Account Sales Manager at Motorola Semiconductor; he has been an employee for 25 years. In 1979, he was on a two-year assignment in the Boston area when he experienced his first (and only) tonic-clonic seizure. Fourteen years later, after attending several epilepsy support meetings, Gary was accepted as a candidate for brain surgery at Stanford Medical Center.  Surgery was successful and, after a few months of evaluations and testing, Gary was able to stop his anti-seizure medications and has never experienced another seizure.

We are very grateful for Gary's dedication to EFNC!
Research Opportunity 
Self-Efficacy & Career Outcomes

Researchers at Michigan State University are studying how self-efficacy and other personal characteristics (such as interests, goals, etc.) affect career choices of individuals with epilepsy in transition age. This study aims to use the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) as a framework to understand predictors of career development. The results of this study will be important in supporting the target population in obtaining and keeping employment and making better career decisions during their adult lives.

You may be eligible if you are: 
  • 14-30 years old
  • diagnosed with epilepsy for at least one year
  • able to read at a 4th-6th grade reading level
  • have no history of other neurological disorders or severe mental illness
Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that takes approximately 35-45 minutes. Once complete, participants can sign up for a $10 Amazon gift card. To take the online survey, please click here.

CONTACT: Dr. Connie Sung
517-353-1638 / csung@msu.edu

For other clinical trials, click here