26 March 2019, Tuesday
Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,
Today is International Epilepsy Day also known as Purple Day. The actual color of Epilepsy is Lavender but Purple is so much easier to remember. The color lavender and the Lavender plant are known for calming the brain and the access static that goes on in the brain.
I could say “Happy Purple Day”, however; it would be better to say “Happy Former Purple Day”. Epilepsy is a vicious disease that the awareness for it is mostly silent. I recently read an article that stated for every one hundred friends a person has on social media one person has Epilepsy.
We live in a town of twenty-five hundred so that means based on the above statistics that there are twenty-four other people in this town that have my disease. Yes, I own the disease it does not own me. Please make sure to educate yourself and your friends and family about this disease that kills more people than breast cancer.
There is also “Six Degrees of Separation” that states that anyone on planet earth is separated from anyone else on the planet at a maximum of five other people. Which means that for everyone that reads this post you are connected to Elton John, Lil Wayne, Danny Glover, Jason Snelling, Neil Young, and Susan Boyle by Six Degrees of Separation just to name a few people.
SUDEP – Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy is very dangerous; which is known for killing Prince and Theodore Roosevelt from complications related to Epilepsy. Each day eighty-seven people are diagnosed with Epilepsy. Eighty percent of people diagnosed with my disease go under-treated or untreated due to the country they live in or their financial situation; meaning of those eighty-seven people sixty-nine of them go without sufficient help to deal with Epilepsy.
Grand-mal seizures are what most people associate with Epilepsy, however; there are forty forms of Epilepsy with six hundred different types of seizures. So knowing that someone standing right next to you at the bus stop, or behind you at check-out at your local grocery store, or in the seat next to you at the movie theatre could be seizing and you would not know it. On top of that it could be their last seizure due to SUDEP.
Remember earlier I mentioned that sixty-nine people go without proper care for Epilepsy; ten percent of each village, town, township, and city across America is part of the homeless population. In my twenties and thirties I was friends with two men that had Epilepsy; the first, Alan, had seizures triggers by repetitive sounds or lights, and the second, Lee, his seizures were triggered by stress which most of the time was sirens in the distance, honking horns, city noise. These two men had it rough and for most of their seizures, they did not experience Grand-mals.
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