Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

March 18, 2019
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A strong relationship between migraines and epilepsy has long been suspected.

But now it is fact, according to extensive research cited by Steven Karceski, MD in Practical Neurology Magazine.

The International Headache Society (IHS) criteria divides headache disorders into two main groups, with similarities to groups of epilepsies:


Why Won’t You Play With Me?

March 2, 2019
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Once upon a time there was this girl named Ellen.

She had epilepsy and she hated the world.

So the world hated her back.

She had no friends and didn’t speak to anybody.

In turn, nobody spoke to her. Except the occasional bully.


Epilepsy, Employment and the Law

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


Is Epilepsy Inherited?

January 12, 2019
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Just because you have a parent, sibling, cousin or aunt who has epilepsy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have it also.

In fact, if you have a close relative with epilepsy, the chance of you having epilepsy is only about 2-5%, depending on the specific type of epilepsy.


Epilepsy Quotes to Inspire You…

December 31, 2018
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With the new year upon us, I thought you might enjoy some positivity to carry you through the year.

Wishing you a new year of health and happiness, love and light, every day of 2019.

Here are some quotes that have inspired me:


Epilepsy and Romance — Getting Personal

December 19, 2018
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Romance is so many different things to different people.

But to me, intimacy requires acceptance, faith and loyalty.

The question is; how do you get there?

Especially when you have epilepsy?

Well for me, it was a very rocky road.


Epilepsy Versus “Pseudo-Seizures”

December 9, 2018
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Epilepsy is not a dirty word.  Neither is pseudo-seizures. 

But they both coexist, side by side.

One of the most common complications is the misconception that people who suffer from pseudo-seizures are hypochondriacs, hysterics, or “faking it.”

The name for the condition alone, “pseudo-seizures,” perpetuates that misunderstanding.

The term “pseudo-seizures” is extremely misleading. The seizures are quite real, and people who have then do not have conscious, voluntary control over them.


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.”


Where’s The Funding? Epilepsy As An Orphan

November 25, 2018
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Here are the facts, unhappy though they may be…

Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological problem – only migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease occurs more frequently.

Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined.

As many people die from epilepsy as from breast cancer.

There are 200,000 new cases of epilepsy each year, and a total of more than 3 million Americans are affected by it.

Yet, public and private funding for epilepsy research lags far behind other neurological afflictions, at $35 a patient (compared, for instance, with $129 for Alzheimer’s and $280 for multiple sclerosis).


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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