Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

Support Groups

Support Groups

Often times I am asked: “Why should I go to a support group meeting? I fell pretty good.” Or “I am not “like” all the other patients with epilepsy, I do not think the group is for me.” Or my favorite, “ I spend all day living with epilepsy, why would I want to go hang out with a bunch of other people who are living with it too, what I really want to do is just forget about...

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Fall Exercise!

Fall Exercise!

There is no doubt that exercise is good for us but sometime it is hard to find the time in our already hectic daily routines. I thought that a review of all the health benefits would motivate us all to exercise more often. Exercise can improve your mood. After a stressful day at school or a when you need an emotional lift, exercise can be just what the doctor ordered. A short 20 minute walk is...

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Epilepsy and Your Child’s School

Epilepsy and Your Child’s School

The start of a new school year can be stressful for any child, but especially so for a child and parents of children with epilepsy. Children may worry about having a seizure in class or how other students will react. Parents often worry that teachers an school staff may not know how to handle an epileptic seizure, or worse, that their child will be singled out because of the epilepsy. Most of the...

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A “Grown-up Summer Vacation”

A “Grown-up Summer Vacation”

As we move through the summer I have been thinking about all that summer represents to adults and children alike. There is a lot we can learn from children and their excitement about summer break. The loosening of routines and high expectations for fun, coupled with the idea of non-structured lazy days and vacations, are not just things that children need and enjoy, but ones that adults living...

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Epilepsy Grassroots Movement in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Epilepsy Grassroots Movement in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

The definition of a grassroots movement: it is created naturally and spontaneously starting in the bedrock of the community and then spreading upwards and outwards.  Grassroots movements are often at the local level and count on volunteers to keep the movement moving and growing.  Did you know that over the last few years, an epilepsy and seizure disorders grassroots movement has been growing...

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The 2014 National Epilepsy Walk in Washington, DC-Team Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group will be there!

The 2014 National Epilepsy Walk in Washington, DC-Team Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group will be there!

On March 22, Team Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group will be marching along the National Mall raising funds for the American Epilepsy Society to support epilepsy and seizures research and the education of epilepsy specialists. This year, as of today, our epilepsy team has the most team members (20 walkers) out of all the AES teams and just like last year is made up of epilepsy doctors,...

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Qué Necesitas saber si la Epilepsia ha Tocado tu Vida was just published in Spanish (Español) in response to the needs of the Spanish-speaking epilepsy community

Qué Necesitas saber si la Epilepsia ha Tocado tu Vida was just published in Spanish (Español) in response to the needs of the Spanish-speaking epilepsy community

Reading and understanding a book about epilepsy in English can be tough.  Imagine trying to read about epilepsy in English when you don’t really know English all that well.  Dr. Lancman, medical director of the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group and epileptologist of 20+ years) who is himself also of Hispanic heritage (Argentina) decided to tackle the project of writing Qué Necesitas saber si...

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November 2013 is epilepsy awareness month

November 2013 is epilepsy awareness month

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month in the USA.  This month provides the epilepsy community with 30 days to shine a light on epilepsy, raise awareness in the general public about epilepsy and seizures, fight stigma and ignorance, raise funds for epilepsy agencies and research, and find a cure. Did you know that eepilepsy affects about 2 million people in the United States and that...

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Purple Pumpkin Project for Epilepsy 2013

Purple Pumpkin Project for Epilepsy 2013

Last year, loving father and epilepsy advocate, Ron Lamontagne, came up with a small local idea in Connecticut when brainstorming on how to get people to talk more about epilepsy.  Little did he know that in just a few months, this initiative would turn into a massive movement that spread all over the US.  The nation was rapidly populated with purple pumpkins of all sizes, shapes, materials and...

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Epilepsy book recommendations for summer reading at the beach and pool

Epilepsy book recommendations for summer reading at the beach and pool

Summer is a great time to catch up with our reading of fine literature.  An excellent use of that time can be to read books and novels that feature epilepsy and persons with epilepsy as characters.  These are just a sampling of fantastic novels and books on epilepsy.  Most have been written by persons with epilepsy or neurologists who specialize in treating epilepsy and seizures. Adult...

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