Epilepsy Talk

Explaining Epilepsy to a Friend… 

November 26, 2021
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Explaining epilepsy to a friend is no easy matter. Sometimes they may be scared. Some may be curious. Some may want to help. Some may want to flee.

But, obviously, those who care will want to understand you. For those friends, here are some brief epilepsy facts:


Thanks for the Giving… 

November 24, 2021
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There’s so very much to be thankful for…

All of you and the richness you have brought to my life…


Let us be thankful…

November 22, 2021
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In 5 minutes you can help feed the hungry around the world, provide free mammograms, contribute to research for autism, help our returning veterans, donate books for needy kids, help save the rainforest and those unfortunate animals in shelters.

And all of it is FREE!


Bullied Because of Epilepsy… 

November 19, 2021
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Like lions, they smell the difference…

Like hawks, they sweep down on you…

And like hyenas, they laugh and eat your heart out.


Doctors behaving badly… 

November 17, 2021
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We all have had at least one experience when a doctor either behaved badly or treated us in a way we didn’t feel we deserved.

But what do you do when the experience with a doctor takes a sharper turn?

What if he doesn’t believe your symptoms or validate your experience?

What if he doesn’t take into account your pain before beginning an in-office procedure?

What can you do?


Dilantin — Hero or Horror? 

November 14, 2021
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Dilantin (Phenytoin) can be considered the grandfather of all epilepsy medications.

Although it was invented in 1908 as a chemical that could prevent convulsions during electroshock treatment, its popularity grew quickly, and as early as 1940, it was hailed as initiating a whole new epoch of anti-epilepsy drugs, motivating researchers to seek even more effective medications and pharmaceutical companies set up aggressive screening programs.

In the next two decades, a dozen new anticonvulsants were introduced into clinical therapy!

Today, Dilantin remains one of the most widely used drugs in the world.

But not without its risks…


Is Your Epilepsy Inherited? 

November 11, 2021
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Just because you have a parent, sibling, cousin or aunt who has epilepsy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have it also.

In fact, if you have a close relative with epilepsy, the chance of you having epilepsy is only about 2-5%, depending on the specific type of epilepsy.


Memory games to boost your brain… 

November 9, 2021
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The problem I had writing this article was that I was having too much fun! I kept on getting detained playing games, but it was worth it. Some I did o.k. on, others I flunked miserably. They’re fun, they’re challenging, and I think you’ll really like them.

(A personal word of advice. Go to Games.com first. You’ll be hooked!)


28 Ways to Boost Energy Instantly

November 7, 2021
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“I feel like I’m burning the candle at neither end.” All burned out.

Is it epilepsy? Is it chemistry?

It’s more than that. It’s resignation. Depression. No way out.

So, it should be no surprise that studies show:

Fatigue was more frequent in epilepsy patients than controls or general population.

Depression and sleep-related problems affected fatigue in epilepsy patients.

And the frequency of fatigue was 47.1% in adult patients with epilepsy.

WHAT DO I DO?


Super Seizure De-Stressor 

November 7, 2021
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We all know that stress is a super trigger for seizures. Whether it’s family, friends, frustrations, conflict, work, school, fear, anger, anxiety, depression. The list is almost endless.

While nobody can say there’s a magic formula for de-stressing, you might give Progressive Muscle Relaxation a try. It’s a pretty powerful tool.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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