According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is a neurological condition, also known as seizure disorder. Epilepsy is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition. Seizures are a result of electrical disturbances within the brain. While some seizures are related to brain injuries or family tendencies, most seizures are of unknown origin. The facts are astounding. Worldwide, 65 million people have epilepsy. In the United States, more than 2 million people live with epilepsy. Additionally, 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy at some point, resulting in over 150,000 new cases yearly in the United States. There is a good chance someone you know has epilepsy. If you are not sure, then let me introduce myself. My name is Taylor Short, and I am an epileptic. I have had epilepsy for 17 years. For years I hid my epilepsy, but epilepsy defines me. While it has taken me time to come to that realization, I now accept the fact I am an epileptic. While many might view epilepsy as a weakness or a disability, I view it as my greatest strength. I am not sick; my brain has bursts of energy. As I have grown older, I realize that my epilepsy has allowed me to be a part of a bigger community which has given me a voice. I now have the opportunity to change the face of epilepsy. We are teachers, students, doctors, farmers. We are everywhere. Personally, I view my epilepsy as an opportunity to be a positive role model to numerous young people I know who fight epilepsy every day. I encourage you to educate yourself on epilepsy by going to the Epilepsy Foundation website. Support epilepsy awareness and wear purple.