Purple Day – Epilepsy Awareness day
Purple Day is aimed at raising worldwide awareness of epilepsy and is held yearly on 26 March. Epilepsy is a condition that affects over 65 million people globally (1:100 !) and it’s the fourth most common neurological disorder after migraines, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Epilepsy is caused by electrical disturbances in the brain resulting in seizures of various types and often begins in childhood. Epilepsy can be a scary condition to people who do not understand what is going and it is sometimes misunderstood which can lead to difficulty in social situations.
The idea of Purple Day is to provide education to those who don’t understand the condition, as well as for those who have epilepsy to recognize that they are not alone. Purple Day was founded in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a nine-year-old from Canada, when she was motivated by her own struggle with epilepsy. Since then the day eventually became an international event.
Epilepsy can luckily be treated with some success. The treatment almost always starts with medicines (anti-epileptics) and 70% of the patients no longer have seizures because of these medicines. In case the medicines do not work well (enough) other treatments might be available, from brain surgery (epilepsy surgery) and Vagus Nervous Stimulation (VNS) to Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) or a ketogenic diet.
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