Purple power

• East Fremantle’s Alyce Sala (left) and a girl enjoys last year’s Purple Walk 4 Epilepsy WA.

EAST Fremantle’s Alyce Sala is living proof that epilepsy shouldn’t stop people from enjoying a full and active life.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 13, Ms Sala’s seizure control rapidly decreased in her mid-20s and she was diagnosed with drug-resistant epilepsy.

Over the years she has sustained nasty injuries during seizures including shoulder dislocations, broken fingers, chipped teeth and black eyes.

Ms Sala eventually had a brain resection (neurosurgery) last year, and despite having seizures has run the Chicago Marathon and completed her honours degree to work as an environmental scientist.

The humble trooper even finds time to volunteer for the unfunded charity Epilepsy WA, rattling donation tins at the weekend.

“I would think everyone has challenges in their life, regardless of if it was epilepsy or otherwise,” Ms Sala says.

“I think everyone has their trials and tribulations, and this is mine.

“My condition isn’t physically debilitating. I just took precautions to not run at night [preparing for the marathon] incase I had a seizure. I always wear my MedicAlert bracelet and have my Medical ID up to date on my phone.”

Ms Sala is one of the many people taking part in next Sunday’s (March 28) annual Purple Walk 4 Epilepsy WA, raising vital funds for the organisation.

Dressed in purple, participants will do 1km laps of Edinburgh Oval South at Curtin University from 10am – 2pm. To register go to purplewalk4epilepsywa.com.au

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