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Anger and Epilepsy: WHY ME?

June 24, 2017
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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.

Why me? Why now? It’s not fair.


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Ode to a Doctor’s Visit…

June 22, 2017
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They forget that we live 365 days or 8,760 hours a year with our illness…

We see them for four 30 minute visits or 2 hours in that year while we’re struggling…


Epilepsy Stigma and Awareness

June 17, 2017
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Until the late 1970s, legislation in the United States prevented people with epilepsy from entering public buildings such as restaurants, shopping centers, and theaters. [US Department of Health]

“Most of my life, I have been scared to talk about my epilepsy. Why? Because I was scared what others would think. Society does isolate, even discriminates against people with epilepsy.” — Louis S.


What Part of Your Epilepsy Do You Hate Most?

June 14, 2017
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Compared to others, I know I’m very lucky, but the concussions really stink.

And the anxiety never goes away…


Head Injury and Seizures

June 10, 2017
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Seizures may develop immediately after an injury to the brain or may develop in delayed fashion, showing up months or years after the initial trauma.

Generally speaking, the risk of post traumatic seizures is related to the severity of the injury — the greater the injury, the higher the risk of developing seizures. Even mild to moderate injuries can result in seizures.


Colds, Flu and You…

June 4, 2017
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With all the colds and flu going around, it’s not easy to figure out which medications which are safe to take.

Obviously, the best way to manage medication interactions is to avoid medications that are known to cause problems.

A few medicines that you pick up off the shelf at the drug store can potentially increase the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy, or even cause first-time seizures.


The First Time…

May 30, 2017
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I remember five jets of water, pummeling from the shower walls and ceiling.

All of a sudden, a metallic taste in my mouth.

Strange and disgusting…


In Case of Emergency — New Solutions

May 26, 2017
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Here are some methods to stop a seizure in its tracks. Or shorten one. And some help relieve you of the dreaded after-effects. Possibilities you might not have known about…especially the new nasal sprays.


Epilepsy in Movies and TV

May 23, 2017
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The portrayal of epilepsy and seizures in films and television usually has negative connotations.

In general, they do nothing but reinforce the stigma that is rampant about the condition.

Other the other hand, TV shows and movies have the potential to educate and begin to address genuine issues in a positive fashion, rather than misusing epilepsy to add tension and drama…


Anger and Epilepsy: WHY ME?

May 18, 2017
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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.

Why me? Why now? It’s not fair.


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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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