Haines Medical Australia acknowledges Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness March 26th, 2022. Haines would like to shine a light on this important day for the one in 26 people living with epilepsy every day and share a personal account from one of our valued employees, Simone.

I‘m Simone from Haines Medical Australia. I’d like to share a personal story because it’s Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness.

Purple Day is a global initiative dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness, dispelling myths, and increasing support to those affected. Did you know that one in 25 people have epilepsy and that anyone, regardless of if they have epilepsy or not, can have a seizure in their lifetime?

I can control my epilepsy fully with medication. I have Generalised Epilepsy and have for the past 35 years. I have both Absence Seizures and Tonic-Clonic Seizures, which many of you know as the fully unconscious type of seizure.

In the past, I have required the services of ambulance paramedics and needed hospital stays with many MRI and CT scans.

With all my seizure experiences, I have needed the assistance of healthcare workers to transfer me to various stretchers, ward beds and scanner flatbeds.

Waking from a full Tonic-Clonic seizure is a very disorientating experience. I often feel like an ancient computer rebooting in the Postictal state, taking a long time to come to my senses again. I can forget who I am, where I am, what I was doing.

I can also be very unsteady on my feet, upset, dizzy, in pain from thrashing and possible bruising or biting my tongue. It is challenging to speak as epilepsy significantly affects my speech.

I have only had 10 Tonic-Clonic seizures in my life and feel very fortunate compared to some who can have that many or more in an hour. My epilepsy is mild, but my experiences have been life-altering.

From my first interview before working with Haines, I already knew how important the correct manual handling products are to people like myself and the health professionals charged with looking after me.

These aren’t just products. These give a sense of safety, care, and dignity to people in a traumatic state, such as myself, when I wake from a seizure, and to me, it means the world to feel like I am in safe hands.

The motto of Purple Epilepsy Day by Epilepsy Action Australia is Stronger Together, and that’s how I feel about Haines Medical Australia's important work. And, of COURSE, the many caregivers that have helped me over the 35 years.

I am proud to work with Haines and thank Haines for shining light on Epilepsy Awareness this week.

The Team at Haines Medical Australia recognised the importance of Epilepsy awareness by sharing Simone's video and

discussing her experiences, as well as emphasising the importance of understanding how Haines' patient handling

products help patients and their carers. The Haines Head Office was decorated with purple flowers, treats and the Team honoured

the day by wearing purple, and delivering a safe patient handling training session.

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