Each year on March 26th, people in dozens of countries around the world can be seen wearing purple in support of Purple Day, or Epilepsy Awareness Day. Epilepsy is a condition of the brain that is characterized by recurrent seizures and is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders. An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy; that’s approximately one percent of the general population. To some, one percent may not seem like very much, but to the families affected by this condition it’s everything, because it includes them and their loved ones.
One of our enCourage moms, Jean, knows first-hand what it’s like to have a child with epilepsy. Jean’s son, Michael, is a 7 year-old lover of life, who suffers from a long list of life altering conditions, including epilepsy, hypotonia, lung insufficiency, global delay, external hydrocephalus, torticollis, and scoliosis.