The Purple Pumpkin Project:
With Halloween so near, let’s start “The Purple Pumpkin Project” to raise Epilepsy Awareness! How will you answer “Why are your pumpkins Purple?"
All I am asking is to please color one of your Halloween Pumpkins Purple! Maybe have some "Seizure smart" info on hand and share your story with anyone that will listen!
Share your Purple Pumpkin Pictures, be creative!
Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages – more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease combined.
Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the United States. That means every 4 minutes someone is hearing "It's Epilepsy."
So... this Halloween, I will be working on some form of this, although we do not get trick or treaters here... perhaps purple pumpkin cupcakes or something.
One of the major sadnesses with epilepsy is that most of the treatments are medical--- that is, using medications that can be dangerous and cause many side effects. There are many issues that can come from seizures themselves, such as confusion, anxiety, fear, trouble answering questions, death... and many preventive measures are still too expensive for many patients and their families to afford. Along with that, there are still many attitudes that may keep patients from getting help, and this is why awareness is so important. So that families do not have attitudes and fears, and so that patients can get help. So far, epilepsy tends to be a diagnosis given as "You have seizures, why?" Some patients never find out why, and even doctors may not be adequately aware.
For more information, the Purple Pumpkin Project's Facebook Page is:
The Purple Pumpkin Project
Additional links can be found at the American Epilepsy Society
and the Epilepsy Foundation of America and its regional chapters
In the UK, please contact, Epilepsy Action UK
In Canada, help can be found at Epilepsy Canada
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