Bunbury to turn purple for epilepsy

Tilda Mason hopes the Bunbury community will rally behind her in a bid to bring the struggles of epilepsy to to the foreground. Photo: Blayde Grzelka.

Tilda Mason hopes the Bunbury community will rally behind her in a bid to bring the struggles of epilepsy to to the foreground. Photo: Blayde Grzelka.

The seizures may be less severe but Tilda Mason’s conviction to the awareness of epilepsy and its consequences is as strong as ever.

Ms Mason’s last seizure was on a train, during her adventure in Canada, before that it had been five years since her brain presented the abnormal activity resulting in uncontrollable movement and loss of awareness.

The 24-year-old traveller has been suffering with epileptic fits and the struggles that come with them since she was eight years old.

Getting her driver’s licence is usually a straightforward process for most but for her it has been an eight-year obstacle she has only just overcome.

Bullying was a daily struggle throughout Ms Mason’s schooling – a struggle she said she shares with many others.

Ms Mason wants to shine a light on the struggles of epilepsy, which she will do as apart of epilepsy awareness day Sunday, March 26 when the lighthouse, Bunbury lookout and Bunbury tower will be drenched in purple light.

Ms Mason will be asking a serious question of the community on Sunday, “do you know what to do if someone had a seizure in front of you?”

“I’ve struggled with it for so long and honestly I just want the community thinking about it, because how many people would know what to do if someone had a seizure in front of them,” Ms Mason said.

“People who have it hide it very well so I think it’s about time the community started thinking about it and taking steps to know what to do,” Ms Mason said.

“I’ll be putting pamphlets and posters around the city I hope will help justify what this date means too not just myself but to 250,000 children and adults. 

“Sadly 40 per cent of sufferers will never be able to stop or control their seizures.”

Tilda Mason said she hopes everyone turns their eyes to the Bunbury skyline on Sunday at 7.30 pm and think about what the colour represents.

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