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Epilepsy Glossary — 100+ Terms Defined

June 22, 2019
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Even if you do have epilepsy, it doesn’t necessarily mean you know all the lingo. (I didn’t!) So here are some definitions of medical terms related to epilepsy…


What’s been your greatest success?

June 16, 2019
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For me, it’s living.

There was a time when I truly wanted to die.

Life was so out of control and I was so desperate, I saw death as the only way out.

Death was my siren song…whispering to me every day.


Laugh a little — it’s good for your health!

June 14, 2019
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They say that “laughter is the best medicine.”

Well, believe it or not, it could help your EEG results!


12 Recipes For Happiness — Even If You Have Epilepsy!

June 11, 2019
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“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara de Angelis

We all know that epilepsy is no day at the beach. You may feel depression, anxiety, fear, isolation, anger, or a whole host of other things, too may to mention.

But, if you dig deep into yourself, perhaps there’s a few things you can do to relieve those feelings.

Here are some ideas…


What’s the opposite of 66?

June 8, 2019
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Well 66, of course. (Duh.)

So there’s no denying it…


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Epilepsy and Melatonin – Yes? No? Or Maybe So?

June 7, 2019
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Most of us are familiar with melatonin and it’s purpose: To help you sleep. Or at least to help you get to sleep.

In fact, melatonin is one of the most commonly used supplements in the United States. (Lots of sleepless people out there!)

Scientifically speaking, melatonin is a hormone synthesized from serotonin, the “feel good” hormone.


12 Sleep Tricks

June 4, 2019
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We all know that sleep deprivation can trigger seizures.

Some people’s seizures are tied very closely with their sleep. You may have all of your seizures while sleeping, when falling asleep or waking up.

Lot of things can affect your sleep and make you more likely to have seizures. Here are a few factors to consider:


Epilepsy And Sleep Apnea — A Dangerous Duo

June 2, 2019
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It’s an endless cycle.

But there’s more to sleep apnea than what meets the eye. (No pun intended.)

Almost a third of people with epilepsy may suffer with undiagnosed sleep apnea, a sleep disorder which is dangerous because of the possible serious consequences.


Epilepsy Nightmares – WHY?

May 30, 2019
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Fear. Screaming. Visions. Bright lights flashing. Hallucinations. Tongue biting. Pain. Paralysis. Pins and needles. Bed wetting.

Do any of these sound familiar?

One person described it as: “During the nightmares, I often get up and run out of the room screaming while still asleep, as if something is chasing me.”

It’s agony. And there’s little to explain it or stop it in its tracks.


Sleep and Seizures

May 26, 2019
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Sleepless nights. Exhausted afternoons. Confusion. Memory loss. Trouble with concentration, mood swings and of course, seizures. 

Which may increase in frequency or severity. Or may even contribute to intractable seizures. It seems like an endless cycle.

For people with epilepsy, sleep problems are a double-edged sword; epilepsy disturbs sleep and sleep deprivation aggravates epilepsy. 


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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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