Work, Employment & Epilepsy

 

 

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Have you or someone you know with Epilepsy had trouble with Employment ?

This is something that really bothers me. At a recent seminar, a Neurologist said that Employers shouldn’t fear Epilepsy. He said that anyone could have a heart attack at anytime….and Employers aren’t concerned about that. He said this with a bit of a grin on his face though 🙂

Maybe employers feel that your performance won’t be up to the same level as others. Maybe they fear you are dangerous or perhaps you won’t be able to deal with the public.

We all have our place in society. The public very much lack knowledge of Epilepsy. It gets no time in the media. Sometimes it feels like some health issues such as Cancer receive far too much.
My heart goes out to anyone with any health problems.

There shouldn’t be to much difference between a employee with Epilepsy and one without. Personally , I think my 20 years with Epilepsy has perhaps made me more determined.

How often is one effected by their Epilepsy ? How often and how severe are their seizures ?  Currently I have been Epilepsy free for 2 weeks. So, 99 % of the time I am fine. I have been a Stay At Home Parent over the last 7 years and we have never had any problems.

If you find an employer that is understanding of your Epilesy and how it works , then all systems should be GO !!

If you have the qualification’s , you should be looked at the same as the next candidate. One of the best things you can have on your C.V is a good attitude. Do you have it ?

My daughter will start school at the beginning of next year. I may look to some more tertiary study , but my aspirations lie in home business. Hindsight would have been handy all those years ago when I went through Tertiary Studies. We always thought my Epilepsy would go away with time. If I had known it would still be around after all these years , I may have studied something different. I studied Landscape Design. There can be some physical work involved there and a drivers license would be needed. My interests are very much in front of a computer these days.

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 ONWARDS AND UPWARDS !!!

 

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Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer

The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that each year an estimated 220,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die. While the number of breast cancer related deaths have decreased in the past 20 years, the number of women diagnosed remains high. One in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and it continues to be the second leading cause of death among women. While there is still no cure for cancer, awareness and early detection prove to be helpful in increasing the likelihood of extending life and even survival.

Educate, Inform, & Inspire

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all women, young and old, should know how to perform self exams, a helpful tool in early detection. Additionally, women can help by educating other women in their lives, such as family, friends, and co-workers, on the benefits of early breast cancer detection. While self exams should be performed regularly and year round, take the time this October to inspire and educate those around you.

Who is Most at Risk?

Unfortunately, breast cancer is not preventable and some women are prone to developing it over others. However, there are lifestyle habits (or changes) that can help you reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Remember, whether you are in your 20’s or in your 70’s, it’s never too late to change your lifestyle. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, here are some ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer:

  • Limit alcohol consumption and don’t smoke tobacco
  • Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and stay physically active
  • Breast feed your infants
  • Limit your duration of hormone therapy
  • Avoid environmental pollution and radiation

While lifestyle habits can greatly affect your chances of developing breast cancer, your chance may be linked to your genes. Risk factors may vary from woman to woman, but self-exams and mammograms can be integral detection tools.

Breast Self-Exam

Breast self-exams are a self-checkup that women do in the comfort of their own homes. Although it’s not completely accurate, it is free and can help to save a woman’s life. Many women struggle with being comfortable performing a self-exam, but with regularity women should be able to notice changes and report them to her doctor. A breast self-exam is easy to do, but should not be compared to anyone else’s as all breasts are different. One woman may have normal “lumpy” breast tissue while another may have none. If you are hesitant to “get to know your breasts” talk with your doctor or with a friend; it’s time to take charge of your health.

Mammogram

Self-exams are also important because your breasts could change a lot between annual checkups and the time your reach the age of mammograms. Many older women talk about the “dreaded” mammogram, but it’s an important tool in detecting any changes within the breast that could indicate breast cancer. Mammograms are scheduled for women who are over the age of 40.

Another great way to monitor your breast health and reduce your risk of dying from breast cancer is have a honest and open discussion with your doctor.

Matt Rhoney is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in his spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find him catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. He loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.

Helping Your Teenager Stay Active and Healthy with Cancer

by Matt Rhoney

The long journey from being diagnosed with cancer and going through the treatments is a life altering one. For a teenager who has been used to physical activity and boundless energy, the experience is one that can be filled with frustrating moments. If your teenager is recovering from cancer, physical activity and exercise in moderation can help speed up that recovery. The level and rate of activity will not be like during the pre-cancer days, but it should not be ruled out completely. Here are a few tips on keeping your teen healthy and active while undergoing cancer treatment.

Healthy Exercises for Cancer Patients

Several studies have found that regular exercise and physical activity helps cancer patients in fighting the cancer, and also helps to keep it away once they are healed. There is no doubt that rest is important and necessary however, research shows that if you are able to incorporate some form of regular physical activity that can be largely beneficial both to health and spirit.

Too much rest and very little exercise works against the body because it weakens the muscles and can lead to unhealthy weight gain or increased feelings of fatigue.  Your child’s exercise routine should not be too strenuous so that they do not use up all their strength. Get the doctor and cancer team involved in planning physical activities that can be safe for your particular case. Exercise during and after treatment should be incorporated in a safe and responsible way, along with activities your teen already enjoys. Cancer should not be allowed to erode your child’s quality of life.

Paying Attention to a Healthy Diet

Diet is a major part of cancer treatment and is important to help fight the disease, and also to maintain the health of the patient. Nutrition is one of the major weapons to be used in this battle. However, one of the effects of cancer treatments is loss of appetite and weight loss. It is important to try to maintain a healthy weight during the treatment phase. Modern cancer care includes nutrition therapy that explains how to eat healthy. Encourage your teen to embrace healthy eating habits so that their body is in the right state to fight cancer.

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

It is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If your teen lived a sedentary lifestyle before being diagnosed with cancer, now is the best time to change that. Focus should also be on healthier eating habits. Here are a few general recommendations from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Exercise regularly, but start slowly.
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits – at least 2.5 cups of fruit and vegetables daily.
  • Choose healthy fats.
  • Eat healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains, legumes and fruit.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Cut down on alcohol.
  • Quit smoking.

Although cancer is more common that we would like, it is possible to beat cancer. There are many survivors who can testify to that fact. Adopting a healthier lifestyle can give you the ammunition you need to fight one of the greatest battles of your life. Encourage your teenager to make these lifestyle changes. Most importantly, always stay positive and keep your spirits high, regardless of the circumstances.

Are you or your teen battling cancer? What tips can you share for staying healthy and active pre and post treatment?

Matt Rhoney is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in his spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find him catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. He loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.