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The Purple Pumpkin Project

Purple Pumpkin

The Purple Pumpkin Project was meant to inspire conversation about epilepsy, which is the most common neurological disorder. (By Jessica Moore | jesmoore@courant.)

Excerpt of article by Kristin Stoller | Hartford Courant

In 2012, Ron Lamontagne was struggling with how to tell people about his son’s diagnosis when he drove past a pumpkin patch. He said he came up with the idea to paint pumpkins purple — the color for epilepsy — to raise awareness and answer questions about epilepsy.

There is still a huge stigma association with epilepsy,” he said. “Many people still believe that people [with epilepsy] are demonic. You would think that in today’s day and age, that stuff would be proven false, but there are still some very old beliefs.

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Thanks to Ron Lamontagne for his part in strengthening epilepsy awareness; Kristin Stoller for writing the article; Hartford Courant for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.