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Epilepsy Stigma and Awareness

June 17, 2017
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Until the late 1970s, legislation in the United States prevented people with epilepsy from entering public buildings such as restaurants, shopping centers, and theaters. [US Department of Health]

“Most of my life, I have been scared to talk about my epilepsy. Why? Because I was scared what others would think. Society does isolate, even discriminates against people with epilepsy.” — Louis S.


A Fallen Football Hero

December 5, 2012
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This is a story about life’s hard knocks. Literally.

It’s the story of former Browns running back Jerome Harrison and how Harrison is now suffering from post tumor seizures. The tumor was brought on due to concussions that Harrison suffered during his time in the NFL.

The 28-year-old running back was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles, but the trade was voided a day later when he failed his physical with his new team, once Eagles’ doctors discovered he had a brain tumor.

The good news was the tumor was discovered, it was non cancerous, and it was removed.

The bad news is that Harrison is suffering a string of post-tumor seizures, along with other complications from his brain surgery.

His football days are done. And life as he knew it, will never be the same…


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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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