Epilepsy Talk

Syncope or Seizure?

May 16, 2018
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Studies have now confirmed what some doctors have long suspected — many young people who are given the diagnosis of epilepsy (or seizure disorder) apparently don’t have epilepsy at all.

Instead, they have a condition known as syncope.

Syncope (sing’-koe-pee), the medical term for fainting, is the sudden loss of consciousness and physical collapse due to lack of blood and oxygen to the brain. It can occur with or without warning — as an isolated event — or frequently, over time.

Since syncope can mimic the symptoms of some epileptic seizures — such as muscle twitching, shaking, convulsions and physical collapse — the confusion begins.


Epilepsy Bill Of Rights

November 5, 2015
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The Bill of Rights for People Living with Epilepsy was created for people living with epilepsy by people living with epilepsy and was spearheaded by The Epilepsy Foundation in conjunction with many concerned contributors.

If you don’t know about these rights, please read on…


Resources For When You Can’t Drive…

July 18, 2015
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The secret here is the numbers 2-1-1.

Go to the website: http://www.211.org/. Where available, 2-1-1 allows people to give help and to get help. And it’s sponsored by the United Way.

2-1-1 can also give people who live in rural areas better access to health and human service information.


Special Education — Expectations and the Law

September 8, 2013
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Special educational ensures that your child needs are met (legally) if they have learning difficulties that need special help at school.

Technically, it’s called a special education provision.

And there may be a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) at the school who can look at your child’s needs, alongside the school’s governing body (often the local authority’s education department).


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    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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