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Old 03-26-2013, 01:54 PM
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Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide on March 26 each year. Please take a few minutes to learn about Epilepsy.

Quick facts-

Approximately 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

At least 1 in every 10 people will have one seizure in their lifetime.

There are approximately 65 million people around the world living with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is NOT contagious. Epilepsy is NOT a disease. Epilepsy is NOT a psychological disorder.
There is currently no “cure” for epilepsy. However, for 10-15% of people with epilepsy, the surgical removal of the seizure focus – the part of brain where the person’s seizures start – can eliminate all seizure activity. For more than half of people with epilepsy, medication will control their seizures. Additionally, some children will outgrow their epilepsy and some adults may have a spontaneous remission.

Famous People with Epilepsy Throughout history, many famous people are known or are suspected of having had epilepsy. These include:

Julius Caesar
Alexander the Great
Agatha Christie
Joan of Arc
Harriet Tubman
Napoleon Bonaparte
Vincent Van Gogh
Charles Dickens
Richard Burton
Alfred Nobel
Thomas Edison

And more recently:

Actor Margaux Hemingway (1955-1996)
Actor Danny Glover
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Adam Horovitz of the music group Beastie Boys
Mike Skinner from band The Streets
American Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner, aka Flo Jo (1959-1998)
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

If you see someone having a seizure-

1. Stay calm.
2. Call 911 if the person is having her first seizure or is pregnant.
3. Try to time the seizure. Seizures usually do not last longer than 60 to 120 seconds. If the seizure lasts longer than 3 minutes, call 911.
4. If the person is standing, prevent her from falling by holding her in a hug, or try to help her gently to the floor.
5. Move away furniture or other objects that might injure the person during the seizure.
6. If the person having a seizure is on the ground when you arrive, try to position her on her side so that any saliva or vomit can leak out of her mouth rather than be swallowed or go down the windpipe.
7. Do not put anything, including your fingers, into the person's mouth while she is seizing. You could chip the person's tooth, or your finger could be bitten.
8. Do not try to hold the person down because this can cause injury, such as a dislocated shoulder.

After the seizure:

1. Check the person for injuries.
2. If you could not turn the person onto her side during the seizure, do so when the seizure has ended and the person is calm.
3. If the person is having trouble breathing, use your finger to gently clear her mouth of any saliva or vomit. If this does not work, call for emergency help.
4. Loosen tight clothing around the person's neck and waist.
5. Provide a safe area where the person can rest.
6. Do not give the person anything to eat or drink until she is fully conscious and aware of her surroundings.
7. Stay with the person until she is awake and any confusion wears off. Most people feel sleepy or confused after a seizure.

Thank you for taking the time on Purple Day to learn more about Epilepsy.


http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2011/07020/Quick_Tips__What_to_Do_If_Someone_Has_a_Seizure.10 .aspx
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