Purple Day for Epilepsy

Mar 26, 2015
Tagged with: Purple Day for Epilepsy

An interesting thing happened to me while looking up information on this topic. I was surprised at what I found. Surprised to learn the idea of Purple for Epilepsy was started by a young girl. Cassidy Megan is credited as the Founder of Purple Day.

As I sat and thought about it, it actually makes perfect sense. Epilepsy is an invisible disease, in other words, you can’t tell if a person has it or not, unlike physical disabilities, for example, that are mostly visible. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 5.1 million people, including children, in the United States have been diagnosed with Epilepsy or a seizure disorder.*

When I was younger, it was easy to tell who might have the same disability I did because, quite frankly, it was obvious. Although many people are affected by epilepsy, I can understand how a young girl might feel isolated if she thinks no one else can understand her or that no one else experiences the same struggles. In building this community, she can see she’s not alone. As we all know, once you’re part of a community, it’s a great way to share tips and stories on how others go through daily life. It makes me think of places people who like to cook go and swap recipes online.

People have been participating in Purple Day for so many years. It has become somewhat of a National event. Although Cassidy started the idea in Canada, a Foundation as far away as New York has also joined in her vision of awareness, taking part in similar efforts. There are now a number of activities going on throughout the world to raise awareness about this disability around the same time every year. Epilepsy and seizures aren’t something for society to fear. Proper management of epilepsy, with medications and various other interventions, help people with the diagnosis live a productive life. Even though we’re not able to see who has Epilepsy based on their outward appearance, it really shouldn’t matter.   The movement Cassidy began so many years ago has already started to take away people’s fears and stereotypes regarding Epilepsy.   Overall, this is just one example that proves support from one another can change the outlook on any situation, one person at a time.

What would you like to know about Epilepsy?

 

http://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy/basics/fast-facts.htm*

http://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy/basics/faq.htm#How%20is%20epilepsy%20treated?

http://www.purpleday.org/

Author: Christinne Rudd



  • bobl07

    Thank you so much for sharing this information on a topic that receives little fan fare.