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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wear Purple For Epilepsy Awareness

Today March 26th is "Purple Day". Purple day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Today, wear purple and help spread the word about epilepsy Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects its people of all ages. Epilepsy is often routinely referred to as "seizure disorders"
The idea of Purple Day came from a young nine year old girl from Nova Scotia canada. Cassidy Megan was the young girl and she was motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. and wanted to help people talk about the disorder so the myths of the disorder would be proven false and understanding would take place. 
Facts such as 
  • TPurple_Educatehere are approximately 65 million people around the world living with epilepsy
  • Approximately 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime
  • There are approximately 2.2 million Americans living with epilepsy
  • Epilepsy is NOT contagious.
  • Epilepsy is NOT a psychological disorder
  • There is currently no “cure” for epilepsy
  • However, for 10-15 percent of people with epilepsy, the surgical removal of the seizure focus – the part of brain where the person’s seizures start – can eliminate all seizure activity
  • For more than half of people with epilepsy, medication will control seizures
  • Some children will outgrow their epilepsy and some adults may have a spontaneous remission
  • Not everyone can identify specific events or circumstances that affect seizures, but some are able to recognize definite seizure “triggers”
Epilepsy is confusing because the symptoms are not the same from person to person. Some may only have a few seizures in their life and can be controlled by medicine and others have daily seizures and find no relief with medication or treatment. 

Do you part wear purple and help bring awareness to this disorder

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