Graduate student’s research aims to help people living with epilepsy

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Graduate student’s research aims to help people living with epilepsy

Published on March 12 2013


A Brock MA student in Applied Health Sciences hopes to help people living with epilepsy “remove themselves from the shadows.”

Suzanne McGuire is a young researcher who is trying to understand the essence of what it means for young women, ages 20 to 35, to live with and to disclose their epilepsy in society.

McGuire was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago while in the midst of completing her undergraduate honours degree at Brock.

“That’s what led me to my graduate studies at Brock,” she says. “For my research, I will be comparing my experiences with epilepsy to that of other young women’s experiences. My research participants will actually be my co-researchers through this study.”

In Canada, more than 300,000 people battle the seizures of epilepsy every day. Each year another 15,000 are diagnosed with this neurological condition. Epilepsy Canada, a national non-profit organization that supports research into all aspects of epilepsy, has designated March as epilepsy awareness month.