Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Purple Day - raising awareness for epilepsy

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Today is Purple Day, a day for raising awareness of the prejudice , hardship and obstacles that people living with epilepsy and their families face on a daily basis.

Even though we are in the 21st Century, this disease is still met with fear and ignorance. No, you cannot catch it from someone.
No, it does not mean that the person is subnormal.

Although many living with epilepsy have to make certain adaptations in daily life, I'm sure you would be surprised to find out that most hold down steady, regular and responsible jobs.

You probably don't realise who among your friends has epilepsy because the stigma associated with the condition stops many from talking openly for fear of discrimination or losing employment.

And this often means that families are coping with it in private, often successfully but without a network of support when times get hard.

Purple Day started in Nova Scotia. BC has its own provincial support agency, the BC Epilepsy Association to provide education, support and research to improve the lives of those with epilepsy in the province. If this is the first time you've read about Purple Day, why not had over to their website for more info, and don't forget to donate.
Thank you.
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