St. Valentine’s Day—Not Only About Love

Chopin: Nocturne Op.62 No.1 played by Daniel Barenboim

Did you know that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of epilepsy? Epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder, is a neurological condition where there is an imbalance of electrical activity in the brain. There are many different types of seizures other than a grand mal. In fact, seizures can be very subtle and there is indeed something very special about living with seizure disorder. Aristotle apparently connected epilepsy to genius, and the link between epilepsy and creativity has been questioned ever since. So on Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate love with the great art and genius of those who have lived with seizure disorder. To name a few: Lord Byron, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, and Chopin.


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