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In memory of John Harwood


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[p]John shared his immense kindness, gentleness, and intelligence with all those he met, spreading good humour and joy.[/p] [p]With his great strength and determination he overcame two cancers and an iatrogenic heart attack, but since epilepsy was diagnosed 3 years ago his condition deteriorated steadily, culminating in his death on 22/2/15.[/p] [p]Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in later life, after stroke and dementia. Almost a quarter of epilepsy diagnoses are from those aged over 60. One in three epilepsies are, as with Dad, uncontrolled by medication. Seizures are a bit like an electrical power surge in a circuit without a fuse to protect it-- they "blowout" neural components involved, causing enduring damage. Dad had major seizures every 6-8 weeks over his last 3 years, requiring hospitalisations and reducing both the quantity and quality of his life.[/p] [p]Dad faced his frequently changing situation with remarkable, yet typical, courage and stoicism. He would probably have hated us touching on the darker side of his fading light-- he was never one to complain or to dwell on depressing things, sidestepping his own problems to work on maximizing the happiness of those around him. We should most certainly focus on the brilliance of his light and remember all the many, many good times. Yet, if we can also highlight the, perhaps, under-appreciated severity and under-researched disease of Epilepsy, this would seem like the time and the place. We hope you will join us in funding research to fight this condition.[/p][p]Jane & Mark Harwood, March 2015[/p]

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Apr 8, 2015

Pat, Lynda, Simon, Sophie & Alex

With very fond memories of a warm, kind, generous & witty brother-in-law and uncle. Let's hope that, in time, epilepsy can be better understood and controlled so that others will not have to endure the regular seizures suffered by John. Much love xx

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Mar 27, 2015

Eileen Raperport

Jane and Mark - i hope that treatments for epilepsy are found in the near future to help wonderful people like your father. Love Eileen and Simon

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Mar 21, 2015

Lesley and Anthony Culley

This is such a worthwhile cause and we are happy to give as a memorial to John

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