On Wednesday 26th March 2014, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake swapped his yellow for purple to celebrate Purple Day – an international day raising awareness for epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a condition of the brain that can cause severe multiple seizures. Some things make seizures more likely for some people with epilepsy, including; stress, missing meals, tiredness and flashing lights. In the UK, 600,000 or one in every 103 people has epilepsy and 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day.
Among the 650 current MPs, two of them are openly living with epilepsy.
Mr. Brake said: “I am proud to raise awareness of such a life-altering condition. Stress, tiredness and missing meals are everyday issues for many of us but with no real consequences. For people subject to epilepsy, these could trigger severe seizures.”
Purple Day was the unique idea of Cassidy Megan when she was just 8 years old. Cassidy, from the USA, was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 7. Feeling scared, embarrassed and alone, Cassidy wanted to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with epilepsy that they are not alone.
Cassidy said: “I wanted people around the world to come together and teach others about epilepsy.”
To learn more about epilepsy, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk