Hope you are wearing purple today because I am! Purple Day was founded by Cassidy Megan in 2008 with the intention of raising epilepsy awareness. Each year on March 26, people across the globe are encouraged to wear purple in support of raising epilepsy awareness.
- 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.
- An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy.
- Each year at least 200,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy.
- In two-thirds of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
- Epilepsy FactsIt is estimated that up to 50,000 deaths occur annually in the U.S. from status epilepticus (prolonged seizures), Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), and other seizure-related causes such as drowning and other accidents.
- Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) accounts for 34% of all sudden deaths in children.
- 2.2 million troops have served in the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts; it is estimated that 440,000 of these soldiers will experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) and more than 100,000 of these soldiers are expected to develop post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE).
- Epilepsy costs the United States approximately $15.5 billion each year. The indirect costs associated with uncontrolled seizures are seven times higher than that of the average for all chronic diseases.
- TBI can also result from sports-related incidents. A concussion is a brain injury and recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury, the development of PTE, or even death
Famous People with Epilepsy
Alexander the Great
Joan of Arc
Vincent Van Gogh
Actor Danny Glover
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Adam Horovitz of the music group Beastie Boys
American Football guard Alan Faneca (New York Jets)
American Football cornerback Samari Rolle (Baltimore Ravens)
2006 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team goalie Chanda Gunn
While there isn’t a cure for epilepsy today, there will be one soon. I just know it in my right temporal lobe next to my hippocampus 😉