Purple Day 2012- Epilepsy Awareness

March 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today it’s Purple Day which is an international awareness day that supports epilepsy. I first became aware of Purple Day in 2011 and was stunned to discover that Purple Day was dreamt up by Canadian school girl, Cassidy Megan.

An epileptic herself, Cassidy Megan decided to create a day which would help raise the profile of epilepsy and get people talking about the condition which affects an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

To support Purple Day you simply have to wear purple on 26th March. You can wear anything from a purple cardigan, tights, socks, dresses or even paint your nails purple. It’s completely up to you. But by wearing purple you will be showing your support to the world’s most common neurological condition.

Purple Day

Celebrate Purple Day 2012

Purple Day is now a globally recognised awareness day and celebrations and events are taking place across the world. Here in the UK 12 people from the Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC) are climbing Big Ben to raise awareness of the condition. Two of those people are MP’s Laura Sandys and Paul Maynard both of whom are epileptic and hoping to get rid of the stigma which still surrounds epilepsy.

Climbing Big Ben is an incredible achievement because the 334 spiral stairs to the top have been restricted to those who suffer from epilepsy for the past 150 years. Only recently has the ban been lifted allowing today’s climb to take place.

I send all the best of luck to this year’s Purple Day and encourage everyone to check out the Purple Day website.  It’s incredibly interesting and packed with epilepsy facts which could change the way you think about epilepsy forever.

Did you know that Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Charles Dickens were all epileptic.

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