Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages. 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their lives, but few talk about it. Chances are that you know someone with Epilepsy, and unfortunately this disease is not well understood nor is research on Epilepsy well funded.

In 2011, Stefani Rose found herself in the ER (yet again) with her 2-year-old son, Nikolas screaming as he wakes up from his latest 27 minute, full-body, tonic colonic seizure – the type called a "grand mal" seizure. Nikolas started having seizures when he was six months old, and it took almost a year to get a diagnosis of epilepsy. During that time, Stefani was told that he had "infantile spasms," "some infants just do that as their nervous system develops," and that "babies often did things that looked funny"…seriously.

As Niko's seizures got closer together and longer, he would start a fever alongside the seizures, which made the doctors say he was experiencing febrile seizures. Even at her second ER trip, because he had a fever, the doctors classified it as a febrile seizure. However, she was pretty convinced that she needed to find out more about why she saw this escalating, and Stefani finally got to a neurologist and the correct diagnosis. Epilepsy is not well understood, and the stigma associated with epilepsy makes parents and doctors hesitate to suggest the diagnosis.

After struggling to understand a disease that she had only vaguely heard about, Stefani Rose has dedicated herself to raising awareness for Epilepsy and encouraging her fans to make a difference. No one should feel alone or have a lack of information about such a widespread illness, and the Epilepsy Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles were established to help and inspire. An inspiration herself, Stefani now lives for health, motivates others to take control over their lives, and uses the power of music and her own personal experience to Reach Out.