Encephalitis Global

Encephalitis Global

August 01, 2005 18:36 ET

What Is Encephalitis, Anyway?

The 4th Annual FACES Conference will be held September 9 - 11 2005. (FACES = Friends And Caregivers, Encephalitis Survivors.) The organizers strive to raise awareness on the topic of encephalitis. Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 1, 2005) - The 4th Annual FACES Conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 9 -11 2005. (FACES = Friends And Caregivers, Encephalitis Survivors.) The organizers strive to raise awareness on the topic of encephalitis.

Wendy Station of North Vancouver BC is President of Encephalitis Global Inc. She states, "It seems as long as I can remember, encephalitis would be occasionally mentioned on television, or in the newspaper. Eastern equine encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, then St. Louis, Japanese and LaCrosse encephalitis. I never much took note... NIMBY(Not In My Back Yard) I'd think. Then, back in 1999, West Nile hit North America. Most people got nothing but the flu, but some of them got West Nile encephalitis. Makes 'em a bit woozy for a while, I guessed.

"Then, disaster struck in April 1999, when encephalitis hit in my own backyard. Hit me, actually. My encephalitis was not vector-borne (not from an insect bite), but it certainly did drag my family through frustration and sorrow, as they tried to understand. After four weeks in hospital, I was returned home to be babysat by my parents. At that point, I couldn't figure out how to find a spoon in my own kitchen."

Encephalitis means inflammation of the inner area of the brain. Once that swelling subsides, recovery takes place in the following years, as damaged areas of the brain struggle to pick up the pieces. The survivor strives to re-learn the knowledge lost... with different levels of success.

The theme of the 2005 FACES Encephalitis Conference is "New Beginnings." FACES will be held September 9-11 2005, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previous Conferences have welcomed guests from all over North America, as well as from India and the United Kingdom.

For further information, visit the Encephalitis Global website at www.encephalitisglobal.com and click on the words "4th Annual FACES Encephalitis Conference."
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Contact Information

  • Wendy Station, President, Encephalitis Global, Inc.
    Primary Phone: 604-980-2236
    Secondary Phone: 604-818-1209
    E-mail: wendystation@shaw.ca