by Travis Fauteux
The Lance – News Editor
Chilly weather could not keep Windsorites with epilepsy indoors last weekend.
The annual Fun in the Sun BBQ brought people of all ages to Mic Mac Park on Saturday, Sept. 13 to mingle and discuss a disorder that has changed their lives.
The event, hosted by the Epilepsy Support Centre, gave people who suffer from epilepsy and their families the chance to get outside and enjoy the last days of summer weather.
Scott Imeson, a volunteer who helped organize the barbecue, said it is like a big family reunion.
“We get people out and they can socialize with other people with epilepsy,” said Imeson. “They can enjoy the company of other people. They can learn about other people’s seizures, because there are so many different types and there are so many different types of medication, side-effects. You can get so many different tips, just learn and make new friends.”
Volunteer Pam Longmoore said the weather did not hinder the event’s success.
“It’s a cool-ish morning, but quite a few people have come out,” said Longmoore. “It’s more positive as the day goes on … We’re here just to get together. Typically, people with epilepsy tend to keep to themselves; they don’t go out a lot.
Imeson, who has suffered from epilepsy for sixteen years, said the neurological disorder can take a toll on peoples’ social lives. He’s lost jobs, he is unable to drive and has had to adapt to a very different life than the average person.
“It’s been pretty difficult for me because it keeps me indoors sometimes because I don’t know when [the seizures] will happen,” said Imeson. “It’s almost like cabin fever, but other people that I know kind of go through the same things that I go through.”
The Epileptic Support Centre meets once a month at the United Way on Giles Blvd. The group organizes other activities like bowl-a-thons and pumpkin carving, which are currently in the works for this Halloween.
Imeson said although people with epilepsy cannot drive and making it out to the events may be more difficult, he hopes more people in Windsor suffering from epilepsy will join the support group.