Thanks for the book Krystle. We have placed it in our 1st aid room. Thanks for this!
The Epilepsy First Aid book is a practical guide with all the information I needed to inform myself about the condition. I gained a greater understanding of the condition and this helped quell some of my fears and misconceptions.
Tony Sykes, Downlights
Wellington City Host Lions Address
Krystle Crimmins addressed us at a recent meeting on the topic of Epilepsy First Aid
Krystle has launched out on her own after finding that employers do not wish to hire people who admit to having epilepsy. She spoke courageously about her endeavours to encourage awareness in all sectors of society about the 8 main types (out of 30 or so) of epilepsy. To that end she has authored an easy to read and understand book showing what to do if you are with someone who suffers from a seizure of some type. If you wish to learn more about this you can purchase a book from her or look on line at www.epilepsyfirstaid.com
Krystle is passionate about supporting people and giving back to her community. As advocate for people with disabilities, Krystle has developed a strong network within the Health sector.
Being a part of support groups and experiencing epilepsy herself Krystle knew that the wider public did not have accurate information and the knowledge of how to assist someone who is having a seizure.
Krystle began her journey with The Epilepsy First Aid material in early 2016. Utilising her lived experience and connecting with health professionals who are experts in this field Krystle began researching and collating relevant information. Facing many challenges and no funding it was Krystle’s drive and passion that saw the Epilepsy First Aid manual become a reality after 2 years of hard work.
It has been a privilege for me to support Krystle during this project. When Krystle outlined her idea to me I immediately saw the benefit this type of resource could have for the community. And that it could be a useful tool in all industries and sectors.
“The Epilepsy First Aid book was a great read and affirms things that I have learnt from one of the Para cyclists I coach and his family that has epilepsy. Especially just keeping him safe until the seizure is over. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to increase their knowledge related to epilepsy and caring for those that have the condition.”
Kerry Reyburn (Para cycling coach, Whangarei)
Krystle recently came and spoke at both of our support group meetings. Not only did she talk about her fabulous book and how it came about, she also shared her personal story of living with epilepsy and the challenges she has faced because of this. Krystle is an articulate speaker who easily communicates her message. Everyone who came to the group learned and gained a lot from it. Thanks so much Krystle.
Brain Injury Wellington
The World Health Organisation states that “Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national nor geographic boundary.” One person in 20 will have an epileptic seizure at some time in their life. Witnessing an epileptic seizure can be traumatic as the observer feels helpless and often think the person seizing is dying. Having a basic knowledge of what a seizure is, the different types of seizures, what they look like, and what to do when you see one is invaluable for people who are not familiar with epilepsy. If they find themselves in a situation where someone has a seizure near them it will help them manage this better which will be beneficial for the person with epilepsy. This Epilepsy First Aid book produced by Krystle Crimmins provides up to date information and is a useful tool for anyone wanting to improve their epilepsy first aid knowledge.
Associate Professor Lynette Sadleir
MBChB, Dip Paeds, FRACP, MD
Re publication Epilepsy First Aid by Krystle Crimmins
I am happy to endorse this publication written by Krystle. This is entirely her work with some revision re syndrome classification which changes frequently.
It presents a view on the management of epileptic seizures as seen from the perspective of a person with epilepsy rather than a clinician and as such is pretty novel.
Krystle is very motivated and I wish the publication every success
Dr T V Stanley
Consultant paediatrician and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics
That ENZ provides endorsement to Krystle Crimmins book, “Epilepsy First Aid 2018”