Florence Joyner's Story Rebecka Nelson

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Florence Joyner is best known for her world record setting sprint. Florence set the record for the fastest sprint in the 1998 Olympic games. She sprinted 100 meters in 10.49 seconds, a new world record, Florence won three gold metals and two silver metals during the 1998 Olympics.

Florence experienced her first seizure when she was 36 on a plane ride, Florence was hospitalized for a short amount of time after.

Doctors normally diagnose people with epilepsy by doing electroencephalogram (EEG) or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

The left pictures is a picture of a normal brain and the right picture is a picture of a person who has epilepsy.

The majority of epileptic seizures are controlled by medication, particularly anticonvulsant drugs. Anticonvulsants work by calming hyperactivity in the brain.

Although Florence Joyner passed away when she was 38 due to an epileptic seizure, she still lived her life relatively normal. Not only did she still carry on her career, but Florence was also married to Al Joyner and had a daughter.

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