Epilepsy Talk

Gratitude is the Attitude

April 18, 2022
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A wise woman once told me:

“When you wake up in the morning — before you get out of bed — think of 5 (or 10!) things that you’re really grateful for.”

(I think 10 is a bit of a stretch.)

That simple advice, changed my attitude. And my life.


Epilepsy as seen — with pain — through a mother’s eyes

April 14, 2022
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Her first job as a copywriter was writing informational materials for a children’s hospital. Including a brochure about seizures.

But nothing would prepare her for this…


Who was your greatest inspiration?

April 14, 2022
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For me, quite simply, it was my grandfather.

After all, I was a pariah. A leper. (No one would say the “E” word.)

I’d never achieve anything. My life was over.

Even though it had just begun.


Don’t let a “distracted doctor” kill you!

April 7, 2022
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Do you know what happens during surgery?

Cut…open…correct…sew.

Maybe some background music. Hip if the doctor likes that. Or classical.

Well, not exactly.

You might be surprised. Or horrified to learn the truth.


The Isolation of Epilepsy

April 5, 2022
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You’re reluctant to go out. Because having a seizure can be so unpredictable and embarrassing.

You think: “What if I have a seizure? What will people do? What will they think of me?”


Cannabis for Better Sex? Here’s What the Science Says.

April 2, 2022
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Both men and women have long reported that cannabis alters their sexual experience.


Brain Food For Your Health…

March 31, 2022
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Please understand, I am NOT saying that these supplements will cure, treat or prevent epilepsy — but I am saying that we folks with epilepsy have to do everything we can for our brain health.

And these supplements can help a lot with that.

In fact, the nutrients they contain are so important for your brain cells, you really should seriously consider them. That’s how strongly I feel. And the science backs me up.


12 Recipes For Happiness — Even If You Have Epilepsy!

March 29, 2022
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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…


The perfect fortune… 

March 27, 2022
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I got these words of wisdom in a fortune cookie last night, after a delicious dinner.


What’s one of the most wonderful things your mother did for you? 

March 24, 2022
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When I was in fifth grade, I got sent home with a note to my parents, accusing me of plagiarism.

My parents called me into their room that evening (which was always a bad sign when you were signaled out from your sibs), and they asked me about the poem and where I found it.

I told them I found it in my heart and recited it.


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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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