Thursday, March 26, 2015

tHERsDay: Purple Day

Today is Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness.

So here are some things I'd like to share:

* There are TWICE as many people living with epilepsy than people living with Multiple Sclerosis,  Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Cerebral Palsy combined.

* Epilepsy has no cure.

* The medications used to control epilepsy have nasty side effects.

* Often, epilepsy cannot be controlled, even with meds.

* At least 1 million people in the U.S. have uncontrolled epilepsy.

* 1 in 25 children under the age of 5 will have a febrile seizure (fever related).

* You can die from epliepsy. Risk of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpectant Death In Epilepsy) kills about 1,000 people each year. Another 42,000 die secondary to prolonged seizures, or Status Epilepticus.

* People don't swallow their tongues during a seizure. Please PLEASE never stick anything in a person's mouth during a seizure. Learn More About Seizure First Aid HERE.

* Seizures suck. There is no silver lining on this. Sorry.

This has been a Purple Day Public Service Announcement on behalf of CB and the 62 million individuals world wide living with epilepsy. 
Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

I love the mood of that photo -- so very beautiful.

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