Purple Day – The Global Day of Epilepsy Awareness

Today marks the fifth annual Purple Day, a grassroots campaign aimed at bringing global awareness to epilepsy. Purple Day was born from the motivation of an epileptic young woman named Cassidy Megan. In 2008, Cassidy started Purple Day “in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.”

Since that time, Purple Day has amassed an impressive social media following, as well as various business and individual partners, all helping spread awareness about a misunderstood condition.

To learn more abut Cassidy and her Purple Day campaign, you can visit www.purpleday.org, or find them on Facebook at PURPLE DAY for EPILEPSY.

Here are a handful of quick facts about epilepsy, featured on the organization’s website:

–Forgetting to take prescribed seizure medication
–Lack of sleep
–Missing meals
–Stress, excitement, emotional upset
–Menstrual cycle / hormonal changes
–Illness or fever
–Low seizure medication levels
–Medications other than prescribed seizure medication
–Flickering lights of computers, television, videos, etc., and sometimes even bright sunlight
–Excessive alcohol consumption and subsequent withdrawal

To learn more about CVC-supported diseases: Complex Partial Seizures and Infantile Spasms