Purple Day By Ellie Prouse

Did you know that 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day?

Epilepsy can affect anyone, anytime, anyplace and can change lives in a moment.

I should know because i have experience it and still have it.

Celebrated annually on March 26th, Purple Day is a day that is dedicated to bringing awareness to the world about epilepsy. From its humble beginnings in 2008, Purple Day began as a grassroots effort and is now celebrated all over the planet, on every single continent – even Antarctica.  Today, it is celebrated by everyone from the guy next door to major celebrities and is celebrated simply by wearing the color purple.

History of purple day 

The idea of Purple Day was initially conceived by Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada in 2008. As a person who struggled with epilepsy, she wanted to get people talking about it to not only let those who struggle with it know they aren’t alone but to help dispel some of the myths surrounding epilepsy. Later that year, The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia decided to help promote her idea of a day for epilepsy, therefore, Purple Day was born.

A year later, in 2009, the idea was picked up by the Anita Kaufmann Foundation and in a joint effort with The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, launched Purple Day on the international stage. This led many other organizations – such as schools, businesses, and other agencies – to also celebrate the holiday.

Facts about epilepsy

  • All around the world, there are now 50 million people living with epilepsy
  • Over 2 million Americans and 300,000 Canadians have epilepsy
  • It is estimated that 1% of the world’s population struggles with epilepsy
  • Epilepsy is a psychological disorder – not a disease.

Common triggers for epilepsy seizures include lack of sleep, street drugs, stress, flickering screens, hormonal changes, missed meals, inadequate anti-seizure medication levels, emotional stress, illness, other medications, and fever. There may also be other trigger mechanisms which may not be known at the moment.

Purple day is very important to me as i feel like no one knows what purple day is because no one acknowledges it. So this Tuesday I dare you to wear something purple for your support on epilepsy.

Got all my information from http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/purple-day/