One day a year People, all around the world wear purple. Not just because they feel like it. Not because everyone looks better in purple. It’s because of a girl. A girl that wanted to raise awareness for a condition. Because she felt like her disorder wasn’t being noticed enough and peoples view wasn’t exactly correct. This girls courage far exceeded most of us. this girls name is Cassidy Megan and she was diagnosed with epilepsy.
What exactly is epilepsy? Epilepsy is characterized by recurring seizures. When there is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain, it may cause the brain to overload resulting in a seizure. Think of it as a hard reset of the brain. These seizures include symptoms of blank stares, muscle spasms, uncontrolled movements, altered awareness, odd sensations, or a convulsions. These seizures depending on the intensity of epilepsy can happen very rarely or numerous times a day. However, with medication the disorder can be stabilized and seizures might as well have vanished. Epilepsy is one of the most chronic neurological disorders. Which means about one percent of the population has epilepsy, which is around 50 million people.
You can see why Cassidy wanted to rise awareness for this. There is very many people with this disorder, and in most cases a pretty dangerous one. Imagine not being able to drive or be by yourself because of the fear of severely hurting yourself from random seizure.
Cassidy Megan came up with idea in 2008 motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia helped her dream come to light. The first year was a success in Novia scotia. This was only the beginning. More and more people heard about this event. People where inspired about this girl from Novia Scotia. More and more agencies began to plan, and for 2009, purple day was launched internationally.
This girls love and struggles turned a not so good thing to a global acknowledgment. She Is a hero, And had the ability not to unite her country in her efforts, but internationally.
So I invite you to wear purple and get involved! Contact information is on the purpleday.com website.