It's World Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness. Lizzy Love (Oddball Art Media) is having a totally awesome Blog Challenge this month, it's Cards for a Cause. To create a card and share your Card for a Cause. It just happens to coincide with this special occasion. I am sure most of you know that I just celebrated my fifth year seizure free post two brain surgeries. So my card is for a cause very near and dear to my heart (or my brain!). Maybe that's part of why I love the Lizzy Love images so much, all those zombie, brain images, lol! Here's my husband's comment about the skull on this card...."Hmmm, the scar on those skulls is just a little bit too much to the left." (meaning compared to the HUGE scar I have running down my head and all the back around to my ear).
Here's my purple card for World Purple Day, I hope this card inspires you all enough to run and go put your Purple on today!!
To see a site about Purple Day, click here
Here's some basic facts about Epilepsy, why we are trying to bring awareness
Epilepsy effects at least 1 % of the world's population, that's 70 MILLION people in this world;
In half the cases, the cause of Epilepsy is unknown.
Epilepsy causes more deaths per year than Breast Cancer; About 1 in 1000 people with Epliepsy will die unexpectedly. This is called SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Eplipesy). It's more likely in those persons who do not have medical control of their seizures. About 30% of people with Epilepsy are in that state. They get no control with any medication available. It costs over 50,000 American's per year.
New treatments has been found for that 30% including Cannabis Oils whose early trials have had remarkable results for many people who spent YEARS taking many other drugs and combinations with no results. Many states are already approving or have approved it long ago with doctor's orders. It's very important the politicians leave this option open for DOCTORS!!! No doctor is just going to hand this treatment to a patient, unless they have tried everything else first. So please urge your local politicians to leave the choice up to the medical doctors
Check this facebook story for one child's fight for medication. Team Alexis. She was one of that 30% who found immediate relief with this new treatment. Obviously it hits a real nerve with me as I used to be one of those 30% and as you may know I still watch very close every year and know that I could go back to that state. I am incredibly grateful where I am now but I know if I go back to seizures, once again that prescription drugs may not help me. Last time I was taking 5 different medidcations at a time.
Check out the Challenge over at the Oddball Art Media site to see the cards others shared for their causes. Awesome Idea Lizzy Love!! Very inspiring.