Over the years I have heard some truly ridiculous theories – and even phobias – concerning epilepsy. All of those ridiculous statements concerning radiation, or a troubled pregnant mother and whatever else is out there; I’ve heard it all and then some.
Or, at least, I thought I had until tonight.
I don’t actually use Facebook very often, but when I do I don’t expect to see something like this on a Doctor Who fandom page:
“Ya know, if I ever actually met Matt or Arthur, I’d probably have a seizure and writhe around on the floor drooling, thus being committed.”
So, according to the person who wrote this, those of us with epilepsy fall over and writhe and drool on a regular basis.
Some of us actually do. That doesn’t make it funny.
As for being committed for having a seizure and writhing and drooling? Excuse me if I’m a little on the ignorant side, but why have I not been committed yet if this is the case?
I responded to the comment, asking the author if they are aware that people die from epilepsy. I asked them why they thought it was okay to take a neurological condition and turn it in to a joke.
When I checked back the page owner had deleted both comments. I’m perfectly happy with that – because I got my point across and the initial post was about Arthur Darvill anyway, and the focus ought to be remaining on this amazing actor.
I am epileptic. I am not crazy, I do not need to be committed/institutionalised and I do not deserve to have the bung taken out of me for being who and what I am.
Hopefully I can continue to educate people this year.