It seems like every day owns some cause or another, and today happens to be Purple Day. It's all about epilepsy. Technically, all of March is epilepsy awareness month, and according Epilepsy Canada, "Over 300,000 Canadians battle the seizures of epilepsy every day. Each year another 15,000 are diagnosed with this neurological condition."
Purple Day is an event designed to raise awareness of epilepsy. Beginning in 2008, people are encouraged to wear a purple-coloured item of clothing on March 26. Purple and lavender are often associated with epilepsy…
Being someone affected by the condition, I am proud to add myself to the notable ranks of Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Vladimir Lenin, Muhammad and Danny Glover, amongst others. However, it still sucks big time, and carries both personal and social repercussions. Also from Epilepsy Canada:
Would you be surprised to that there are twice as many Canadians living with epilepsy as with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis– combined? Due to the stigma that surrounds epilepsy, many with the disorder have been reluctant to speak out about it. As a result it has been dubbed "The Silent Disorder". March is Epilepsy Month, a good time to break the silence.
I understand that people tend to focus their attention on Cancer, Heart & Stroke or Diabetes, but I wouldn't mind seeing a little love go towards supporting Epilepsy research as well, so please consider donating.