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Chicken Soup for the Soul…

May 2, 2019
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I’m off to take care of my niece who has ongoing tonsillitis. 

To offer a little comfort and care.

And what better way than a batch of homemade chicken soup?

This recipe is relatively quick and easy to make.

Try it:


Brain Surgery – Questions to Prepare Yourself

April 19, 2019
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How many times have you heard: “Well, it isn’t exactly brain surgery.” Well this time it is.

And it’s your brain.

It’s a scary trip into the unknown. Thoughts are swirling around in your head: What will happen to me? Is this the right thing to do? Is this really the best surgeon for the job? What if it doesn’t work? Maybe I should put it off…

It’s really hard to be prepared for something as radical as brain surgery – either physically or emotionally. That’s why it’s important to gather all the information you can, before hand.

Remember: Knowledge is power.


FREE Legal Resources

March 27, 2019
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I think that pro bono legal aid is perhaps more difficult to find than almost anything else in this country, except perhaps, FREE medical care. 

But here are six resources where you can find FREE legal aid and assistance.

It’s tricky, because each state has its own laws. 

But these organizations can help guide you to the resources available in your area.  (The other option is to Google your local Legal Aid office.)


Epilepsy — Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits — Straight from the Source

March 24, 2019
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If you suffer from epilepsy and wish to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be able to prove that you meet the criteria of the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s Blue Book listing for the condition.

The Blue Book is a guideline created by the SSA for disability adjudicators to follow when approving or denying disability claims.

A copy of the Blue book can be found here: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook

If you can prove through medical documentation that you meet the criteria of a listing, it will increase your chances of receiving an approval of benefits during the initial stage of the application process.


Medical Care — Free or Reduced Cost

March 22, 2019
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Believe it or not, there are still places where you can get FREE or reduced cost medical and dental care. Plus assistance with your prescriptions. Just read below and find the resources nearest to you…


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?


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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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