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Wear lavender, support epilepsy awareness

Published 12:31pm Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dear Editor,

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and I am working to raise awareness of this condition. Nearly 3 million Americans have epilepsy. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder affecting all age groups, yet the public is largely unaware it is a serious condition with severe consequences for people living with epilepsy and their families.

Lavender is epilepsy awareness color. I am asking churches, schools and businesses to show support for epilepsy awareness by putting ribbons in your store, and wearing lavender one day a week for support of epilepsy awareness. It would be great if The Outlook would have a ribbon on the front of the paper like they have this month for breast cancer awareness. I am pledging to wear something lavender each day to help get the word out about epilepsy.

Epilepsy is common, but many people don’t know what to do when someone is having a seizure. That’s why the Epilepsy Foundation is asking everyone to learn about epilepsy and take the Get Seizure Smart quiz in November. The interactive quiz, downloadable resources and other tools to recognize National Epilepsy Awareness Month are available at www.GetSeizureSmart.org. I hope to submit this test next week if The Outlook will let me.

As someone affected by epilepsy in my family, I strongly encourage everyone to get educated and take the quiz. My life, or that of someone you know, may depend on it.

I LOVE BRAINS.

Thanks, 

Donna Jones

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