Bunbury woman helping to bring understanding around Epilepsy to community

Know Epilepsy, No Fear: Tilda Mason looks forward to Purple Day for Epilepsy each year. Photo: Emily Sharp.
Know Epilepsy, No Fear: Tilda Mason looks forward to Purple Day for Epilepsy each year. Photo: Emily Sharp.

For one Bunbury woman March 26 holds special meaning each year as a day to reflect on who she is and what she has achieved. 

Tilda Mason was diagnosed with Epilepsy when she was eight years old, suffering from several seizures throughout her life.

Now the 25-year-old is a mentor for young people with Epilepsy and is passionate about people becoming more understanding of the condition. 

“Growing up it was really hard because I let it define who I was and I let it get to me –  a lot of people don’t understand Epilepsy, every story is different,” she said.  

Purple Day held on March 26 is a global initiative dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness.

“It’s the one day where people suffering with Epilepsy feel like it’s OK –  for me a day to reflect on what I have achieved as a person and how far I’ve come since I was diagnosed,” Ms Mason said. 

“It’s one day where we can all come together, accept who we are and get other people to accept who we are too – we are different, but everyone is different and Epilepsy doesn’t define who we are.”

An ambassador for Epilepsy Action Australia, Ms Mason has been invited to speak to the Brain Society Melbourne in March before coming home to celebrate Purple Day. 

For more information visit www.epilepsy.org.au.