November is epilepsy awareness month

November is epilepsy awareness month

Amber Oile

Staff Writer

 

Purple is such a meaningful color in the month of November.

Many of us celebrate Veterans Day in this month and honor our Purple Heart solders, but did you know purple is also the color used to recognize and spread awareness about the 65 million people worldwide affected by epilepsy?

On Nov. 14, Janice Kelly, Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa Fellowship, came together with Dan Martiny, President of Alumni Association, in the College Center Café for their event for epilepsy awareness.

They teamed up with students from Blue Water Cosmetology and handed out information for students, informing them of the many effects of epilepsy.

Megan Langolf, certified nurse’s aid and student of Blue Water Cosmetology, added purple extensions and also shared a bit of history about her experience with the epilepsy syndrome.

When asked what about the significance of purple hair extensions, student Pamela Hulett informed, “It symbolizes epilepsy awareness and gives many students willing to contribute a chance, by donation, to help raise money towards this cause.”

Langolf spoke about a time she witnessed a seizure and how having experience in the medical field assisted her in handling the situation properly.

“I worked at a group home and had a client fall onto the floor tile. I had to remain calm, clear the area and secure his head to make sure he did not receive any head injuries during this seizure. it was a very scary situation,” said Langolf.

These millions of men and woman suffering from uncontrolled seizures live in a world that is part their own, and part dictated by this syndrome. At any moment they could lose control of their bodies, thus limiting them from the ability to drive, and ultimately forcing them to be restricted from certain ways of living.

Kelly, also a victim of epilepsy syndrome, admits there are some drawbacks, but that she doesn’t let this syndrome slow her down in any sense of the word.

“I’m living with epilepsy and I don’t allow it to prevent me from working my hardest,” said Kelly. This year being her last year in school, she will have her degree in early childhood education.

Kelly dedicated the event and her success to a close friend who also suffered from epilepsy syndrome. Her friend went to Henry Ford Community College and passed away in 2011 from having a severe seizure. Her friend is deeply missed and has been an inspiration for her to push forward and spread awareness any way possible.

 

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