Epilepsy Talk

Hospital Bill Relief for the Uninsured

March 21, 2019
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One of the best-kept secrets in the healthcare industry is that there are financial and charitable aid programs available to lighten the staggering financial and emotional burden caused by medical expenses. 

Believe it or not, that financial aid department can become your best friend. 

They have the power to make your bills more manageable…consolidate them…discount them…and work out a payment plan at reduced cost. 

But first, you have to ask…


Epilepsy — Top Financial and Medical Assistance Programs

March 19, 2019
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With so many people at the end of their resources, we could all use a helping hand.

Below is my attempt to research viable resources for financial and medication aid.


The Embrace2 – Newly Cleared by the FDA – with New Advantages for You

March 5, 2019
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The fear, the anxiety, the anticipation of another seizure.

Coupled with the dread that you won’t be able to tell. When it’s coming. IF it’s coming.

The triggers, the reasons, the causes.

Peace of mind is difficult to come by for — you and for your loved ones.

It’s worry all the time. Every day. Does it always have to be this way?


Epilepsy, Employment and the Law

February 20, 2019
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Here are some tips for interviewing, work and also your legal rights.


Probiotics — Food for Thought

February 10, 2019
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I’ve been eating yogurt ever since I was in college. It’s yummy, friendly to your digestion and the perfect thing for a quick breakfast or snack. And it’s cheap. (Who has money in college?)

Later, I learned that I was smarter than I thought.

Because yogurt contains probiotics — “good guys” or friendly bacteria — chasing away the “bad guys” — or damaging bacteria from your digestive system.

So, probiotics are known to promote a healthy gut, but can they promote a healthy mind?


Who is Your Personal Hero?

February 7, 2019
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For me, it was my Grandfather, who believed in me completely and thought that I could do anything I set out to do.

At the age of 14, I said I wanted to be a writer.

“Fine, he said. You’ll go to the Columbia School of Journalism.” 

(Unfortunately he died long before that and nobody else had any faith in me. They all thought I was “damaged goods.”)


Epilepsy Support Groups

January 28, 2019
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One thing I’ve discovered is the search for support groups is endless — and seldom successful. Unless you live in a metropolitan area.

But, if you do find a support group, you’ll find an amazing wealth of camaraderie, compassion and caring.

Not every group does the same things. Even groups with similar activities may have different results because of the individuals involved…but think of it as a learning and bonding experience.

You’re interacting with people who share a similar illness, but perhaps different solutions. You can share your feelings, fears, concerns and perhaps get answers.

But most importantly, you can join a community of caring and know that you’re not alone.


11 Companies Hiring for Jobs You Can Do at Home

December 12, 2018
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These companies have remote jobs that may be great for people with chronic illnesses or disabilities.


Epilepsy and Education…Coming Out Of The Shadows

December 6, 2018
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It starts in the playground.  A kid has a seizure and everybody freaks out. 

Nobody knows what to do.  Maybe not even the school nurse. 

Even though epilepsy first aid is a cinch.

It’s frightening to see a child seize and then, based on that fright, they think:

“I can’t deal with this.”


Gratitude is the Attitude…

November 21, 2018
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Sometimes, I get into a funk so bad that it’s like a black hole. 

Until I remember the safety ladder that I always carry in my pocket.

I think of at least five things I’m grateful for.

Or if I’m down there awhile, I stretch it to ten.

Here are the top five on my gratitude list:


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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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