Happy Valentines Day – the Patron Saint of Epilepsy

Goose my 16 year old labrador

I have had epilepsy since I was a young child. My dog Goose (pictured) started to have seizures after developing a neurological condition when he got old. My husband and kids are very well practised in how to look after me and Goose when we are not well.

Did you know that Saint Valentine is the patron saint of people with Epilepsy? Here at Creature Clothes we love Valentines Day as it is a moment to spread the love and celebrate the humans and animals who live with epilepsy.

Talking about epilepsy is a passion of mine. The more we talk, the less fear and misunderstanding there is. One of the highlights of my working life was being asked by Epilepsy Society to give a talk at the Royal Veterinary College to a group of dog owners who’s dogs had epilepsy. To share my experiences of living with epilepsy with such kind and caring people was very emotional. Being able to share my experiences of medications, side effects, seizures and the recovery time afterwards so that they could understand what their beloved animals were going through was incredibly moving.

Epilepsy is a fascinating condition, predating Christianity. We are very lucky to live in the age in which we do, when medications can help us to live a pretty normal life and we don’t risk being burned alive for being possessed of evil spirits. I love that Saint Valentine is our patron saint. What better day could we ask for to share the love with all humans and animals who live with epilepsy, and of course with those who care for them.

Happy Saint Valentines Day to you all.

If you would like to read more about Saint Valentine and epilepsy, this is a fantastic blog – I highly recommend reading it. https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/about/st-valentine-epilepsy-patron-saints#comment-30569

For more information on epilepsy in people visit:

Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Society

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