Shania Duncan would love to see everyone wear purple for a good cause.
Shania Duncan would love to see everyone wear purple for a good cause. Robyne Cuerel

Go purple to help ease pain of epilepsy

SHANIA Duncan will spend the rest of her life managing her epilepsy, a condition that means daily seizures for the 14-year-old.

The teen has had to adopt a strict diet and completely change her life to help treat the condition since the seizures began four years ago.

Her mum Melissa Duncan wants the Fraser Coast to wear purple this month to end a lack of knowledge about epilepsy and how it affects people like Shania.

Purple Day, held on March 26, is held to raise awareness of epilepsy and help fundraise for research.

Melissa encouraged people to learn about the condition and not to fear it.

"It's an illness that is really debilitating for the sufferer," she said.

"They don't need negativity, they need positivity."

Shania cannot be left alone and has to wear a life jacket while swimming due to the risk of a seizure happening without warning.

The family has struggled to secure any funding because epilepsy was not classed as a disability.

She praised Xavier Catholic College for securing funding for an aid to allow Shania to attend school part-time.

Epilepsy Queensland chief executive officer Helen Whitehead said one in 50 people would be diagnosed with epilepsy.

She said fear and discrimination against the condition were often the biggest problem for some people.

Shania Duncan and her mum Melissa.
Shania Duncan and her mum Melissa. Robyne Cuerel


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