I've borrowed the following information from Michelle of Rambling Woods-The Road Less Traveled.
A little bit about Purple Day…
Founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.
Why? Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide. That’s more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined.
Why purple? Lavender is the international colour for epilepsy.
Epilepsy affects approximately 1 in 100 people.
At least 1 in every 10 people will have one seizure in their lifetime.
There are approximately 300,000 Canadians living with epilepsy.
There are approximately 3 million Americans living with epilepsy.
There are approximately 50 million people around the world living with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is NOT contagious. Epilepsy is NOT a disease. Epilepsy is NOT a psychological disorder.
There is currently no “cure” for epilepsy. However, for 10-15% of people with epilepsy, the surgical removal of the seizure focus – the part of brain where the person’s seizures start – can eliminate all seizure activity. For more than half of people with epilepsy, medication will control their seizures. Additionally, some children will outgrow their epilepsy and some adults may have a spontaneous remission.
For more information on epilepsy please visit Michele at The Rocky Mountain Retreat Photography. Michele has gorgeous photos of her Canadian paradise and shows us how her courageous spirit battles the challenges epilepsy.