Throughout the world there are about 65 million people who suffer from epilepsy, an incurable brain disorder that usually manifests itself through seizures. That’s slightly less than one percent of the world population, but if you are part of the one percent and the seizures are severe, it is understandable if you say, “Why me?”
Dan Dougherty, 42, who is an active member of St. Luke Parish in Glenside, happens to be among that one percent. It started at birth when there was some birth trauma, and there was a history of epilepsy on his father’s side of the family. Whatever the reason, most likely both, he experienced very serious grand mal (tonic-clonic) seizures.