Epilepsy Talk

Seizure Free – A Hope or a Promise?

September 25, 2021
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Is it a reality…a hope…or a promise?

Have you been there once for a visit?

And then come back, to the land of falling down, shaking, quaking and blackouts.

We all know, the only thing that remains the same is change.

Everything is in a state of flux.

Drugs, science, our bodies, our brains.

From that you can choose hopelessness. Or hope.


Monday 4/19 — Time out for Cataract Surgery #2!

April 18, 2021
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WHEE! I’ll finally be able to SEE!

With BOTH eyes.


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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.


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.


Epilepsy and Memory…

January 30, 2020
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To say that lack of memory is a major worry for those of us with epilepsy is hardly a surprise.

In fact, it’s the number one concern.

Simply put, memory is our brain’s ability to store information and find it again later.

Chemical and electrical changes happen in your brain when new memories are made.

It’s a natural brain process that requires continuing attention and recording by parts of your brain.

Seizures interfere with your memory by interfering with attention or input of information.

Confusion often follows a seizure, and during this foggy time, new memory traces aren’t being laid down in the brain.


Suicide and Epilepsy

August 23, 2019
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UPDATE: According to a new peer reviewed Journal, the statistics for epilepsy and suicide are alarmingly high. Depressing, to say the least. Frightening to consider the facts.


AEDs…Surgery…and Alternative Treatments…

September 18, 2018
18 Comments

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.


Epilepsy and Anesthesia

August 4, 2013
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Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) cause unique considerations for patients with epilepsy because skipping, or even delaying a single dose, can result in seizures.

Strategies for avoiding or minimizing skipped doses are paramount in the care of patients with epilepsy.


The Gamma Knife — Non Invasive Surgery

September 12, 2012
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Neurosurgeons continue to explore the less invasive Gamma Knife radiosurgery for elimination of temporal lobe abnormalities and brain lesions.

The Gamma Knife itself has been around for quite a while, so there’s a history of its use. But its application specifically for this form of epilepsy hasn’t really been done before. Therefore, the purpose of recent research was to see if the advantages of this minimally invasive tool could provide an alternative to standard surgery…


Children’s Brain Surgery…Preparing YOUR Child…

April 22, 2012
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There is no “welcome” sign to the world of childhood brain surgery. And the resulting combination of fear, shock, and pain is almost too much to bear.

No amount of preparation or knowledge can help to ease or minimize the situation.

But preparing a child for surgery emotionally, is one of the most important things you can do. Surgery, without proper explanations and preparation, can traumatize a child…


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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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