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Lefties unite! | May 15, 2023

So you have epilepsy. And you’re left-handed. Is it a curse…a blessing…or a challenge?

Well, you’re not exactly alone.

Between six and sixteen percent of people today are left-handed. And guess what? 

Left-handedness is also associated with a higher incidence of epilepsy. Gee, what a surprise!

But, here’s the good news…

There have been lots of famous left-handed people.

And the associated right brain hemisphere that is said to be more active in left-handed people has been found to often be associated with genius, artistic and visual skill.

Here are just a few inspiring examples of lefties: Kermit the Frog… Bart Simpson…Jerry Seinfeld…Charlie Chaplin…Greta Garbo (my personal favorite)…Cary Grant…Angelina Jolie…Tom Cruise…Marilyn Monroe…Joan of Arc… Helen Keller…Alexander the Great…Napoléon Bonaparte…The Boston Strangler…Lewis Carroll…Michelangelo…Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, (“We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah”)…and Barack Obama.

Quite an illustrious group!

Left-Handed Myths: left-handed people have a shorter lifespan because of mental confusion that leads to accidents and injuries (???)…we have demonic traits…we’re immoral and unholy…we’re clumsy (Well you don’t have to be a lefty to be clumsy!)…and we have less of a chance of surviving hand-to-hand combat!

Left-Handed Facts: left-handed people are high achievers…plus lefties are good at problem solving and multitasking, because we’re good at breaking down information and finding solutions.

Unfriendly Tools for Lefties: it’s a right-handed world and many tools are designed without lefties in mind…(We’ve already have had plenty of experience with these!)

For example: potato peelers, corkscrews, rulers, scissors, number keys on keyboards, cameras, guitars, the computer mouse, watches, checkbooks, measuring cups and pencil sharpeners.

Lefty-Friendly Devices: Left-handed golf clubs. So, if you play golf, you’ve got it made in the shade!  Just look at the famous left-handed-playing golfer, Phil Mickelson!

But just like having epilepsy, we adapt.

And society is coming around to seeing things our way.

The increasing number of lefties springing up in the 21st century has society believing that we could increase intellectual advance and create a leap in the number of mathematical, sporting, or artistic geniuses.

Lefties Rule! Where would the world be without us?

Righties, you are free to defend yourself…

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  1. My mom was a lefty, and she was one of the wisest people I ever knew!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Mary Ellen Gambon — May 15, 2023 @ 10:59 AM

  2. Reblogged this on Disablities & Mental Health Issues.


    Comment by Kenneth — May 15, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

  3. Back in my Dad’s day, children were whacked with a ruler for writing left handed. He became right handed by force but also had a lifelong case of dyslexia because of it.

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    Comment by paleobird — May 15, 2023 @ 2:15 PM

  4. If you need a Left handed device, you can have it ordered.
    I know a couple of friends who special order a left hand rotary skill saw.
    They are 35%-45% higher than what you would pay for at a hardware store, but if you are running a business, it’s best to work with comfort.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by epilepsy67 — May 16, 2023 @ 3:20 PM

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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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