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Epilepsy — a dirty little secret?

August 15, 2022
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To be included — or excluded?

To be accepted — or rejected?

To be understood — or misunderstood?


Seizure-free…a hope or a promise?

August 13, 2022
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Is it a reality…a hope…or a promise?

Have you been there once for a visit? And then come back, to the land of falling down, shaking, quaking and blackouts.

We all know, the only thing that remains the same is change.

Everything is in a state of flux. Drugs, science, our bodies, our brains.

From that you can choose hopelessness. Or hope.


A new life – from epilepsy to brain surgery

August 10, 2022
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Leanne Chilton, triumphant author of “Seizure-Free: From Epilepsy to Brain Surgery, I Survived and You Can, Too!” is a proud survivor and has a wealth of wisdom to share.

“We can’t control the future,” she says. “But we can make every attempt to improve the quality of our lives.”


Breathing your stress away…

August 8, 2022
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A little while ago, when I went to my doc, I told him I felt like I was jumping out of my skin. I’m already maxed out on meds, so he suggested breathing exercises as a complimentary addition to my regimen.

I’ve started them and already, I feel better!


Domestic violence — when love goes wrong

August 6, 2022
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Carol found herself in a cycle of violence from the time she was a child. By adulthood, she had already experienced multiple beatings and hospitalizations.

In the most recent attack, her husband beat her with a board, leaving her with permanent brain damage and a life-long disability.

As a result of her injury, she now has frequent seizures, difficulty with balance, and is terrified to leave her home for fear of having a seizure or falling.


Can you get seizures after vaping?

August 3, 2022
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Reports of people who have seizures after vaping have raised serious questions about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which have grown in popularity in recent years.


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Where’s the funding? Epilepsy as an orphan.

August 2, 2022
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Here are the facts, unhappy though they may be…

Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological problem – only migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease occurs more frequently.

Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined.

As many people die from epilepsy as from breast cancer.

There are 150,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed each year, and a total of more than 3.4 million Americans are affected by it.

Yet, public and private funding for epilepsy research lags far behind other neurological afflictions, at $35 a patient (compared, for instance, with $129 for Alzheimer’s and $280 for multiple sclerosis).


2022-2023 Top-Ranked Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

July 30, 2022
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The U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of hospitals is considered the pre-eminent source for excellence.

For the 2022-2023 ranking, U.S. News evaluated 1,254 hospitals and ranked the top 50 that treat many challenging neurological patients for brain hemorrhage, conditions affecting the central nervous system, spinal disorders and injuries, degenerative nervous system diagnoses such as MS, care for stroke, seizures, meningitis and more.

Details of each hospital’s performance in Neurology & Neurosurgery are linked from the listings below.

Find top hospitals in the treatment of stroke or back and spinal surgery, or neurologists near you.

The top-scoring hospitals are listed below.


Why won’t you play with me?

July 28, 2022
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Once upon a time there was this girl named Ellen.

She had epilepsy and she hated the world.

So the world hated her back.


Anger and Epilepsy: WHY ME?

July 25, 2022
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Suddenly, you’re feeling edgy. Lashing out at loved ones for no reason at all. It’s not anybody’s fault. It’s that old familiar enemy. Epilepsy. Again.


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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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