Today Marks the Fourth Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day. Also known as Purple Day, people all over the world will be raising awareness of this disease by wearing purple today.
Epilepsy day founder, Cassidy Megan, nine-year-old Nova Scotia girl, chose purple because of the lavender flower, which is often associated with solitude, a state that epileptics often mentally find themselves in, as this disease can sometimes make one feel socially isolated.
Anapol Schwartz Attorney and Registered Nurse, Anita Pitock is working to spread awareness about the Value of Purple Day. She and her associates have launched a website containing online resources for expectant mothers who may be on anticonvulsant medications.
One of Anita’s suggestions for epileptic women of child bearing age is to ask your neurologist if it is possible to be on only one anticonvulsant drug instead of two or more drugs of the same class.
She also suggests signing up for the Epilepsy Birth Control Registry designed to help provide safe and effective birth control methods to women with epilepsy.
The site put up by Anita and the attorneys at Anapol Schwartz is in response to the recent FDA Warnings in regards to the anti-seizure drug, Topamax, advising that children born to women who took Topamax during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing a cleft palate or cleft lip.
For more information on Purple Day, please visit http://www.purpleday.org/