Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy Bill Of Rights

March 23, 2021
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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…


AEDs…Surgery…and Alternative Treatments…

March 21, 2021
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The saying “there’s something for everyone” may be true.

But with epilepsy, it’s often a dicey proposition — not to mention frustrating — to determine what that “something” is for you.


Keppra — What People Are Saying

March 11, 2021
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When Keppra was approved as an add-on medicine for partial seizures, including partial seizures with secondary generalization, at the time, it was suggested that Keppra might have a universally positive effect on all seizure types.

That’s all fine and good for researchers who aren’t struggling with epilepsy every day.  But here’s a random sampling of what real people – like you and me – have to say…


Some Stress and Anxiety Solutions…

March 8, 2021
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Sometimes my hands shake so much, I look like I’m leading a symphony. (Without a baton.) Legs too, I have to sit down.

Maybe you panic before a test, the very fear of having a seizure, social rejection, job anxieties, debt, fear of failure, an anticipated argument, holidays, fear of flying.

Or the daunting prospect of being alone without any support system. Or even death itself.

There are probably as many kinds of stress and panic attacks as there are those of us who suffer from them.

And behaviors: trembling, sweating, hyperventilating, breathlessness, feeling faint or light-headed, a sense of disorientation, cramping, nausea, your heart pounding like it’s going to explode from your chest, a fear of dying.

Or you’re just plain scared.

I could go on forever. And I’m sure you could, too.


Why Won’t You Play With Me?

February 19, 2021
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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.


Brave New Cures for the Future — Epilepsy and Neuroengineering

February 8, 2021
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It’s only recently that Neuroengineering first appeared.

Neuroengineering is a discipline at the frontier between neuroscience and engineering.

It encompasses experimental, computational, theoretical, clinical and applied aspects of research areas at the molecular, cellular and systems levels.

The emergence of this new field focuses on a multi-science combination of engineers, neuroscientists and clinicians using their combined knowledge and talent, working co-operatively to address the complexity of the brain and nervous system.


Dating Disasters and Epilepsy

February 5, 2021
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When I was a teen I fell down, walked into walls, bumped into virtually everything in my path, and almost drowned in the shower.

So, you can imagine what a disaster dating was.

Of course, in my infinite wisdom, I would never tell my dates that I had epilepsy. 

My parents wouldn’t even utter the word, so rather than become a pariah, I kept my mouth shut.

Bad idea…


Syncope or Seizure?

January 21, 2021
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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.


Dilantin — What People Are Saying…

December 9, 2020
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When I was first diagnosed with epilepsy back in 1969, the availability of AEDs was limited.

Phenobarbital or Dilantin.

Pick your poison.

I chose Dilantin. It was not a pretty picture.


Fighting Seizures Nutritionally

December 7, 2020
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I know from personal experience as a Health & Wellness writer that certain nutrients can help your neuro functions.

But, like anything else, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

What food combinations that work for one might definitely not work for another.

And it certainly doesn’t take the place of meds.

However, I do believe that although living a healthy lifestyle won’t cure you…it can certainly help you.

So, here’s some information for sensible eating and supplementing your diet.


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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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