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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.

~ Voice Editor

 

 

 

EDITORIAL

 

                                                                               

 

A  SEPARATE  REALITY

 

 

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Abbotsford staff work with people suffering from epilepsy.

 

 

 

 

 

Join the community in the annual Run and Walk for awareness on Purple Day in support of epilepsy victims Monday March 26

 

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pilepsy 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 existence.

"We had to resuscitate you," the doctor says. "Who do we call?"


You remember the number but can't remember being asked for it.

 

 

 

 

 

The 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 21st.

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

• Based 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.

Each 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:

 

Connect In Abbotsford visit www.esebc.ca

www.canadianepilepsyalliance.org

www.purpleday.org

Visit the Canadian government website here.

 

 


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