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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Purple Day Celebration

I am in hopes that you wore your the color purple today. Today, is the day to help bring awareness to epilepsy by donning the color purple. Known as "purple day" it is the day to bring awareness to epilepsy that affects nearly 50 million people around the world. Perhaps one of the fears is that a fear exist among individuals when differences show their face. 

Epilepsy is not contagious and there should be no fear that one can catch "it". Causes for epilepsy are not always known. Some reasons could be due to disease or injury or perhaps it came about following strokes or infections Epilepsy is a treatable condition.

The individual behind Purple Day is Cassidy Megan from Nova Scotia Canada. Purple Day was a chance to bring awareness to epilepsy and cast away myths Thank you Cassidy for helping to bring awareness to epilepsy and stop some of the myths that surround it

Myths about Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one condition that remains misunderstood by many. It was once believed by some to be caused by possession of a demon or ghost and in some rural areas this may still be believed. Witch doctors are saught after to drive the demon out of the bodies of those affected by epilepsy. Sadly this is not the only myth and misunderstanding about epilepsy:

  • Some individuals thing that a person with epilepsy also is mentally deranged or challenged. The truth is that Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain where clusters of nerves signal abnormal signalling strange sensations, emotions behaviors, muscle spasms, convulsions and loss of consciousness. While individuals with mental retardation may have epileptic attacks , epilepsy will not cause mental retardation or a decrease in IQ
  • Individuals like Sir Alfred Nobel, Napoleon and Socrates all suffered with epilepsy. 
  • While many think that convulsions are present with every epileptic attack this is not true. Several different types of epileptic attacks come with altered sensations, repetitive movement, and auras but do not always bring on convulsions. 
  • Another myth is that epilepsy is hereditary. This is not completely true. Yes, there may be genetics involved but it is not the only cause. Brain injuries, tumors, meningitis, illness, fever, Alzheimer's disease, head injuries and alcoholism are also on the list of causes of epilepsy. 
  • Epileptic attacks being hosted with no triggers which causes them to come on suddenly with no warning of place or time is yet another myth. The fact is that there are a few triggers that cause these attacks to come on. Lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, hormones during menstruation, smoking and other things can trigger an attack
  • Some believe that individuals with epilepsy are dependent on others People with epilepsy can lead a normal life with proper treatment. It is great if family and friends understand the condition and how to help in emergency. However, individuals with epilepsy are forbidden to drive or participate in dangerous sports

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