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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Purple Day

Today is purple day so wear it with pride. While it is my princess favorite color it also the national color to help bring awareness to epilepsy. Purple day is an international grassroots effort to bring awareness and educate about epilepsy worldwide.

Epilepsy is a condition of the brain that is characterized by recurrent seizures. It is estimated that one out of every ten people will experience at least one seizure during a lifetime. I personally have known several people with this disorder. Having one seizure will definitely not be considered epilepsy as when an individual has epilepsy they will experience reoccurring seizures. 
While a seizure disorder it is not a psychological disorder nor a disease and it is not contagious. The seizures are caused  by nerve cells not communicating properly within the body. Seizures are often different within individuals and may cause change and function in behavior. The location of the abnormally discharging nerve cell in the brain will determine if the seizure is a simple blank stare, muscle spasms, uncontrolled movements, altered awareness, odd sensations or a convulsion. Medication can help one be seizure  free. 
Epilepsy most often starts in childhood but can become present at any age. It is possible to outgrow seizures

Celebrate purple day but putting on some purple, decking the office out in purple or possibly even making up some purple cupcakes.

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