March continues to be a busy month, with National Epilepsy Awareness Month being another great cause to get involved in. With the goal of raising awareness about epilepsy, seizures and seizure first aid, National Epilepsy Month encourages community members to get involved through events, campaigns, volunteering, fundraising and much more. This initiative allows those affected by epilepsy to make a long lasting difference in the lives of people living with seizures.
Here are a few facts about epilepsy, which will help you learn more about those living with seizures:
- 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, with more than 300,000 Canadians living with the disorder
- In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 100 people have epilepsy
- In 50% of cases, the cause of the disorder is unknown
- It is important to know that epilepsy is NOT contagious, it is NOT a disease and it is NOT a psychological disorder
- Unfortunately, there is no cure for epilepsy at the moment. However, for more than half of people suffering, medication will help control seizures
- Some children do outgrow their epilepsy and adults can have spontaneous remission
If you want to get involved in an international grassroots effort dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy worldwide, mark March 26th on your calendar as Purple Day.
Cassidy Megan, a young Canadian girl, who was motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, created this initiative and encourages people around the world to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.
See how you can take part in the movement here.
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