This day is related with very special and emotional feelings. For those who are wondering today is International Epilepsy Day and as an epileptic I feel the need to express my feelings on this topic. I feel obliged to raise awareness and bond with people who have epilepsy or know someone who does.
According to the International Bureau for Epilepsy 50 million people are diagnosed with epilepsy globally. Unfortunately, there are no statistiscs for Cyprus's population. This is due to lack of reports because of stigma.
For those who are not familiar, Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain in which there is a tendency to have recurring seizures. The fact that seizures can reoccur is key, as a one off seizure does not mean it is epilepsy. It can affect anyone, at any age, from any walk of life. An epileptic seizure results from a sudden electrical discharge in the brain that causes changes in sensation, behavior or consciousness. Best case scenario, epilepsy can be managed with medication. More severe conditions are unfortunately not handled.
International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year. Every year on the 2nd Monday of February people join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy their families and careers. Purple Day is another event that returns on Tuesday 26 March 2019 organized by Young Epilepsy. Young Epilepsy is the only UK charity dedicated to creating better lives for children and young people with epilepsy and related conditions.
Today, at the age of 29, I am OK and I no longer suffer from seizures. I am grateful for what I have and I strongly appreciate the values of health and love
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