Danny Glover: Overcoming Epilepsy His Way
A humanitarian, producer, actor and political activist, Danny Glover is known for his roles in Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple and his ambitious fight against AIDS.
Born on July 22, 1946, Glover has lived his life in the spotlight since he started his acting career in his late 20s. With numerous awards and nominations, Danny Glover has also paved a legendary career outside the actor’s studio–all done despite his health struggles in his younger years.
During his childhood and early adult life, Glover suffered from epilepsy. Epilepsy is a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures. During a seizure, a person experiences abnormal behavior, symptoms, and sensations, sometimes including loss of consciousness. It wasn’t until 1977, when he made the decision to have a breakthrough with this brain disorder.
Glover claims he had his first seizure at the age of 15, and could tell it was coming on because of an unbearable noise he would hear. This noise may be referred to as an aura, or warning sign.
“Eventually, I could recognize it happening. Then I could say, wherever I was, ‘Something is happening to me. Please grab me. Please hold me. I’m about to have a seizure,’“ Glover writes in a blog.
While doing a play at his San Francisco community theater, he sensed he was about to have a seizure. As he proceeded to the theater’s basement he said to himself, “I will not have this seizure, I will not have this seizure.”
“Each time I got a bit stronger,and the symptoms began to diminish to the point where I was ready to go on stage.” Glover has not suffered an episode since he was 35.
In 2003, Glover was presented the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Epilepsy Foundation. This award celebrates Glover’s efforts to increase awareness and acceptance for people who suffer from epilepsy, and his…