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Epilepsy might be new to you, or something you have been living with for a while.  Want to know more about how many people are living with epilepsy?  Here are the stats:


  • There are approximately 50 million people   around the world living with epilepsy.
  • It’s estimated that 1 in 100 people have epilepsy.
  • There are more than 300,000 Canadians living with epilepsy.
  • There are approximately 2.2 million Americans 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.
  • Not everyone can identify specific events or circumstances that affect seizures, but some are able to recognize definite seizure triggers.



EPILEPSY FACTS

Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy.


Cassidy's goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia came on board in 2008 to help develop Cassidy's idea which is now known as the Purple Day for epilepsy campaign.

Epilepsy Ontario has a great resource page for educators regarding epilepsy.  They even have a terrific 'play' that can be used in your school or classroom to help educate students about epilepsy.  If your teacher is looking for some good information, activities and lesson plans, have them follow this link to the Epilepsy Ontario website:

If you have epilepsy you are not alone.  In fact, there are a lot of famous people who had seizures.  Do you want to know more about them?  Click here:


You might be the person in your life with epilepsy, or it might be your mom or dad, brother or sister, grandma, grandpa, aunt or uncle.  The person you know with epilepsy might be your best friend or a kid in your class. Whoever it is that brought you to our website, we are glad you are here!

ONE OF THESE KIDS HAS EPILEPSY.  CAN YOU TELL WHICH ONE?

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WHAT IF THE PERSON WITH EPILEPSY IS MY MOM OR DAD?


Kids have a lot of questions and concerns when mom or dad is the one who has seizures.  The BC Epilepsy Society has answered many of those questions.

EPILEPSY IN PARENTS

OUR FRIENDS AT THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION, THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN AND THE BC EPILEPSY SOCIETY HAVE SOME GREAT TOOLS FOR YOU TO LOOK AT THAT MIGHT HELP  YOU TO TALK ABOUT EPILEPSY.

SOMETIMES TALKING TO YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT EPILEPSY IS A HARD THING TO DO.  WE HAVE SOME HANDOUTS THAT MIGHT MAKE IT EASIER FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE HAS A SEIZURE AND MORE ABOUT PURPLE DAY FOR EPILEPSY AWARENESS.  

TALKING TO YOUR FRIENDS

CAN ONE KID WITH EPILEPSY CHANGE THE WORLD?

IF YOU ARE FEELING SAD OR CONFUSED ABOUT YOUR EPILEPSY DIAGNOSIS, THERE ARE PEOPLE YOU CAN TALK TO.   PLEASE CONTACT: