Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy Hall of Fame

April 7, 2020
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Since the dawn of time, epilepsy has affected millions of people — from beggars to kings.

It’s one of the oldest conditions and also one of the most misunderstood, although legions of accomplished people have shared the stigma…


What was your first seizure like?

April 4, 2020
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I can remember being in the shower, washing my very long hair. It was one of those old-fashioned showers with a heavy plate-glass door and a stainless steel  handle that you had to turn to get in and get out. There were 4 water jets…three coming from the side wall…and a shower head in the ceiling.


Stimulus Cash Payments May Take Up To 20 Weeks To Reach Some Americans

April 3, 2020
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People who do not have direct deposit information on file with the Internal Revenue Service may have to wait up to 20 weeks to receive cash payments included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief legislation, according to a memo drafted by House Democrats.


Social Security recipients who don’t usually file tax returns will automatically get $1,200 payments, Treasury says in reversal

April 2, 2020
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The Treasury announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment.


Check IRS.gov For The Latest Information – No Action Needed By Most People At This Time

April 1, 2020
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Washington – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service

today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin

in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, 

with no action required.

for most people. However,

some seniors and

others who typically do not file returns will need

to submit a simple tax return to receive the

stimulus payment.

Who is eligible for the economic
impact payment?


Coronavirus (COVID-19) — How To Get Instant Care

March 30, 2020
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You wake up and you’re feeling crummy. You have a fever. You may be coughing. But because of the Coronavirus, your physician isn’t available. You panic. In most states, you cannot even be tested for COVID-19.

It takes between 2 and 14 days for a newly infected person to start showing symptoms.

After symptoms begin to show, it can take more than a week for them to be eligible for testing (many people are not eligible at all).

And then, thanks to backlogs in testing availability, it can take days for them to learn they tested positive.

Maybe you should go to Urgent Care. But they’re so overloaded, they might turn you away.

Emergency rooms won’t accept you unless you’re have a very high temperature and having trouble breathing.

That’s when they will take you and put you on a ventilator. But what happens in between? Panic or medical care from an unexpected source?


Weird Epilepsy Triggers

March 27, 2020
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Here’s a list of uncommon epilepsy triggers you may have experienced or know about.

Feel free to add to this list of the weird and the unknown…


Some Stress and Anxiety Solutions…

March 21, 2020
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Sometimes my hands shake so much, I look like I’m leading a symphony. (Without a baton.) Legs too, I have to sit down.

Maybe you panic before a test, the very fear of having a seizure, social rejection, job anxieties, debt, fear of failure, an anticipated argument, holidays, fear of flying.

There are probably as many kinds of stress and panic attacks as there are those of us who suffer from them.


Stress and seizures…

March 17, 2020
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Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t plan on having epilepsy.

But here we are.

And we all know that stress is #1 in the hit parade of seizure triggers.

Endless surveys prove the fact.


Seniors — Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy or Seizures?

March 13, 2020
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The question of whether a person has epilepsy or Alzheimer’s can be a tough one.

Take those “senior moments” — memory lapses, zoning out and other temporary confusion.  These seemingly harmless incidents may actually be a sign of epilepsy.  Roughly 1-2 percent of seniors develop epilepsy — and that rate is rising.

But experts at the U.S. National Council on Aging warn that often epilepsy goes undetected in seniors.


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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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