Mr. Speaker, March is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is one of the diseases that affects all too many Canadians, yet is also one of the diseases that Canadians do not like to talk about. It is estimated that one in ten Canadians or 300,000 people will suffer an epileptic seizure in their lifetime.
Many people with epilepsy feel isolated, discriminated against and often ridiculed. Added to the emotional burden are the physical difficulties of having unexpected seizures and dealing with the sometimes devastating side effects of medication.
The Edmonton Epilepsy Association, working in partnership with Epilepsy Canada and the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, has adopted the lavender ribbon campaign to bring awareness to this horrifying disease.
I am proud that the Edmonton Epilepsy Association is a national leader on the issue. I wish it the best in its endeavours to bring awareness and comfort to those who suffer from the disease.