Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy Without Vaccinations — The Risks

July 11, 2021
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I started this article assured that vaccinations of children with epilepsy was a definite no-no.

And boy, was I surprised.

Basically, medical research has proved me wrong. Real wrong. Including COVID-19 vaccinations.


I Am Not a Camel … but I Do Have Epilepsy

June 30, 2021
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On the topics-that-are-fun-to-disclose-in-the-workplace-o-meter, epilepsy ranks somewhere between ‘I’ve been embezzling candy from the vending machine for the past 15 years’ and ‘I am actually a camel.’


Why Your Pharmacist is Your Best Friend

June 2, 2021
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Your pharmacist is the least expensive and most accessible health resource you have. They fill prescriptions and provide expert information about medications — a very important role, considering the prominent use of seizure medications to treat epilepsy.

You can see the pharmacist anytime you want, without an appointment, and all consultations are free. In medicine, that’s extraordinary.


Is Your Home Seizure-Proof?

May 31, 2021
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How many of us have had accidents while having seizures at home?

(I almost drowned in the shower because of the way the shower door was constructed.)

Here are some suggestions to help make your home safer.


Epilepsy and Education…Coming Out Of The Shadows

May 27, 2021
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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.”


What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

May 25, 2021
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All of us have dreams. Some become reality…and some stay in our imaginations…


Epilepsy Quotes to Inspire You…

May 20, 2021
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Sometimes life — and epilepsy — can get us down. We need a shot of positivity to pull us up.

That’s why I keep some words of wisdom in my back pocket. For when the meanies come round.

Here are some I’d like to share with you:


The Stigma of Epilepsy…

May 5, 2021
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The stigma is ancient and it still remains today.

Laws in the United States and Great Britain that prohibited epileptic people to marry were just repealed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Until the late 1970s, legislations in the United States also prevented epileptic people from entering public buildings such as restaurants, shopping centers, and theaters. [US Department of Health]

Although these laws are no longer in effect, the underlying social divisions that they have created in the past thirty years are still present today.


Sleep and Seizures. How Much Is It Costing You?

April 21, 2021
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Sleepless nights. Exhausted afternoons. Confusion. Memory loss. Trouble with concentration, mood swings and of course, seizures.

Which may increase in frequency or severity. Or even contribute to intractable seizures.

It seems like an endless cycle.


Poetry Is Music To The Soul…

April 15, 2021
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And we souls with epilepsy could use a little music.


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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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