It’s not often that we find ourselves with the teachable moments we have the past few days. If you haven’t been following the ‘conversations’ in the press and social media, Coach Jerry Kill (University of Minnesota football coach) had another seizure during a game on Saturday. This was the fourth time it has happened so publicly in the last year and a half.
Star Tribune: Assistants come charging to Kill’s defense
This has to have been so painfully difficult for him. I hope that he has felt the support of the entire epilepsy community behind him. We admire his courage, and applaud his willingness to speak out and continue to follow his passions. We are lucky to have him as a courageous leader for all those whose lives are touched by epilepsy.
I’ve read that Jerry is really struggling to gain control of his seizures—not just on game days. I’m sure he has the best doctors, and is following all of the regimens they are recommending. But the fact that his seizures continue speaks to what—to me—is the point most important to teach during this moment: more biomedical research is critically important!
It is simply unacceptable that our understanding of epilepsy and our arsenal of current treatment options leave Coach Kill and 30% of all patients with epilepsy having persistent seizures. Seizures that strike with no warning and put lives and well-being at risk.
Thank you for caring, and please continue to support the work we do that truly has the potential to transform and save lives by eradicating epilepsy.