It's Purple Day! Epilepsy Awareness Day in honor of Millions who Live w/ it!

Purple Day Quick Facts!

March 26, 2019

Heather Rivera Purple Shade #PurpleDay

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Today, March 26th is #PurpleDay. Epilepsy Awareness Day.  Honoring those who are living w/ Epilepsy each day. Those who have it, and their families who are supporting and helping their Loved ones.

My first experience w/ Epilepsy was actually growing up w/ my poodle Mitzi.She played w/ me all the time. Always followed me around. She was with me from when I was a baby to 3rd grade.  She lived to be about 11 years old. As I grew bigger, my Mama Betty explained to me what can happen with Mitzi, and how to help her when seizures would come on. Even though she was getting up in age, an Epileptic Seizure that caused a Stroke is what took her away from us.  

There have been times in my life I've had classmates and co-workers who are living w/ Epilepsy.  Many Facebook friends are dealing w/ Epilepsy that is affecting their families. It's scary to see Loved ones having to deal w/ Epilepsy each day. Feeling helpless at times wishing it would go away. Many times the seizures can cause other problems too. But I have seen strength and compassion rise above Epilepsy. Not letting it define who people are. Fighting to overcome!  Taking it day by day ...  Big Hugs to all in this constant fight! You are True Superheroes in life ... 

Aislinn & Cee are the first Superheroes that popped in my head. Next time you see Cee at the Deli/ Cheese counter at H-E-B off Brodie & William Cannon  give her a "YOU ROCK!" 

Here are some Purple Day Quick Facts:

  • Approximately 50 million people around the world are living with Epilepsy.
  • 1 in 100 people have Epilepsy

  • Approximately 2.2 million Americans are living with epilepsy.

  • Epilepsy is NOT contagious... NOT a disease ... NOT a psychological disorder.

  • There is no 'CURE' for Epilepsy. 10-15% of people have surgical removal of the seizure focus that can help. Many control it w/ medication. Some children outgrow it. Some adults have spontaneous remission.

Some Common Epilepsy Triggers: 

  • 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
  • Street drugs

Find out more here!

Celebrities who live / or have lived w / Epilepsy

  • Prince
  • Lil Wayne
  • Elton John
  • Danny Glover
  • Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys)
  • Hugo Weaving
  • Neil Young
  • Amy Lee
  • Tiki Barber & more

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