From today onwards, Mumbai’s famous Bandra Worli Sea Link will be lit in purple color and there is an important reason behind it. Purple week is celebrated with an aim to increase awareness about epilepsy and the purple week begins today. The week is observed for the awareness of the neurological disorder worldwide.
Purple week is also called epilepsy week and is celebrated by 100 countries and this year Mumbai too will be part of it by marking an event under the guidance of Dr. Nirmal Surya the founder of epilepsy foundation online. Apart from Worli Sea Link, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and General Post Office (GPO) building will also mark ten years of the Purple week.
The purple week starts from the purple day that is also known that is March 26 and is observed as Epilepsy Awareness Day. This day is observed with an aim to spread awareness regarding Epilepsy and the sufferers of this disease. People are encouraged to wear the color purple as the day is associated with the color purple to show the collective effort. Statistic reveals that about 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day the neurological condition can affect anyone and can change their lives in a moment.
Purple Day was started in 2008 by Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada who encouraged the awareness of epilepsy worldwide. The aim back then was to cast away some of the myths that change the view of the condition.
Epilepsy is a complex disease with diverse characteristics. One way to gain insight into potential mechanisms is to reduce the features of epilepsy to its essential components: seizures, epileptogenesis, and the state of recurrent unprovoked seizures that defines epilepsy itself. A general definition for the word “seizure” is a period of abnormal, synchronous excitation of a neuronal population. Seizures typically last seconds or minutes but can be prolonged and continuous in the case of status epilepticus.