For the next
few weeks reality is in a state of flux. You're not insane. You
don't hear voices. But you're walking around in a fog. Your
thoughts are like a needle in a whirlpool, swirling around,
tugging at you, reformulating. There's nothing you can do except
hope someone is there for you.
Abbotsford staff work with people suffering from
community in the annual Run and Walk for awareness on Purple Day in
support of epilepsy victims Monday March 26
in any of its forms is a waiting game. You medicate
hoping the seizures never return. It's difficult not to
find yourself on edge waiting for the one that may kill
you. It gives living new meaning when you think darkness
could swallow you forever in an instant. No longer do
you take it for granted that you're going to wake up in
the morning. You realize the blooms are off the rose and
life is hinged on a handful of pills.
One day you're swinging for the fences and the next you
wake up in the hospital vomiting yourself back into
"We had to resuscitate you," the doctor says. "Who do we
You remember the number but can't remember being asked
seizures don't come with an instruction manual. What do
you do if someone around you has a seizures? One thing
you don't do is try to restrain them. They'll tear
muscles, break bones. You don't stuff anything into
their mouth. They'll break teeth off. All you can do is
wait until the person calms down and then put them into
the recovery position. The "recovery position" is taught
in every first aid class.
On average, someone who is epileptic has their lives
shortened by 20 years."
Deadline to sign up for a free booth is Wednesday March
Sponsorship and donations are always welcome for our
Charity. For more information about the local event
please email here.
You’re invited to Purple Day Monday March 26th
Please come and celebrate Purple Day with The Center of
Epilepsy & Seizure Education in British Columbia.
What is Purple Day?
Purple Day is an international grassroots effort,
founded by a young Canadian, dedicated to increasing
awareness about epilepsy worldwide. It is now
internationally recognized annually on March 26th.
We are hosting a free Purple Day event at Mill Lake Park
(Bevan Ave entrance), Abbotsford from 12pm to 4pm. Our
event will have free balloon twisting, face painting and
interactive games for the public to enjoy.
There be food trucks on site for meal purchases.
Epilepsy Run/Walk for Awareness will also take place
during this event, starting a 1pm. Registration is
required and includes a shirt.
Do you have a community relations booth that you would
like to set up at our event?
It is completely free to take part in Purple Day.
We ask that you not sell anything but bring a free
interactive game for the public. Please feel free to
bring any samples, handouts and any other family
friendly promotional materials.
Canadian Government Statistics
on data for the 2010-to-2012 period, an estimated
139,200 Canadians had epilepsy―10,600 in long-term care
facilities and 128,600 in private households
Among people in long-term care facilities, the overall
prevalence of epilepsy was 40.4 per 1,000. The figure
rose from 33.0 per 1,000 among children and youth to a
peak of 195.0 per 1,000 at ages 18 to 44, and then
dropped with advancing age. Males were more likely than
females to have epilepsy: 57.1 versus 31.6 per 1,000.
year approximately 50,000 people in the US die from
seizures. It's called SUDEP, or, Sudden Unexplained
Deaths in Epilepsy.
Learn what to
do to help someone who is having a seizure at:
In Abbotsford visit
Canadian government website
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