Support Group

Knowing that you are not alone is very helpful when dealing with seizure activity.

 

Come meet other people in Chattanooga who are affected by seizures. Come to teach and to learn! Come to encourage and to be encouraged!

 

We meet monthly and discuss group-member-requested topics concerning epilepsy:
Medications, treatment, insurance and financial issues, legal rights, teen issues, SSDI, epilepsy in the schools and workplace and many others!

 

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Previous Support Group Topics

  

December 6, 2013

We had our yearly Holiday Party!  These are the folks who brought an ornament for our Ornament Shuffle.

  

 

 

November 7, 2013

Dr. Gina Delgardo, neuropsychologist, spoke to us about the cognitive effects of both seizure activity and anti-seizure medications. (No group photo available)

  

 

October 3, 2013

Jo Grant, pediatric nurse practitioner, spoke to us about the VNS device.

 

 

 

September 5, 2013

Dr. Kundu, Epileptologist, spoke to us about general seizure information that is important to know.

 

 

July 24, 2013

We had our yearly outing:  a Chattanooga Lookouts game!

  

 

July 11, 2013

Janice Cruden, disability advocate for Disability Solutions shared  some great information with us about the best ways to prepare yourself to apply for disabillity.  We also discussed the differences between SSI and SSDI.

  

 

 

June 7, 2013

Lisa Morgan, Service Coordinator with Chattanooga Brain Injury Association, helped us understand what brain injuries look like, and how epilepsy can be connected to it.

 

 

 

May 2, 2013

James and Christy Howard, personal experience with brain surgery as treatment

 

 

April 4, 2013

Personal Experience night

 

 

March 7, 2013

Jessie Steele, with Therapeutic Recreational Services

 

 

  

 

February 7, 2013

Allen Broome, pharmacist for Erlanger

 

 

  

 

January 3, 2013

Dr. Paul Knowles:  Pediatric Neurologist

 

 

  

 

November 1, 2012

Sophia Gross from TN Career Center

   

 

 

October 4, 2012

Kim Chapman and her personal testimony

         

 

 

September 6, 2012

Jean Ann McAfee and Sheba with Paws With a Cause

 

  

  

Check back at this site more often for updates to know what we will be discussing each month.

Join us the first Thursday of every month at 5:30p.m.

 

Please RSVP no later than 2 days before 

Siskin Hospital
One Siskin Plaza
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Outpatient Conference Room – 1st Floor

Please use the Outpatient Entrance.

Call (423) 634-1772 for more information or to let us know that you are coming!

   

 

 

  

Map of downtown Chattanooga leading to Siskin

 

 

 

 

Epilepsy Support Group: Chattanooga 1st Thursdays at 5:30p.m.

  

 

April 3 Support Group

We are bringing in a new organization to share about their resources for obtaining seizure response dogs.  Their dogs are at no cost, and the timing is based on urgency.  Lisa and Bill Vaught, volunteers with Canine Assistants, will join us for the evening.

 

May 1 Support Group

Ramona Nichols, program director for Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy will speak about using your own pet as a seizure response dog.  There is a lot of information out there about service dogs, and the process can be confusing and often misleading.  Ramona will help simplify and clarify how to be successful.

 

June 5 Support Group

Dr. Nataria Pitiyanuvath, neurologist for Chattanooga Neurology will give us her time so that you can ask any questions you might have.  Sometimes, time with a neurologist can be limited, so we have created this opportunity for interaction.

 

July 10 Lookouts Game

In place of our regular support group meeting, we will all meet at the stadium and take in a Lookouts Game together.  Must reserve a ticket before game.

 

September 4 Support Group

Debra Moser-Finney, program and education manager with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will speak and answer questions about how far employers must go in order to accomodate someone who requires some adaptations, how much you must tell a possible employer, why they are allowed to dismiss an employee, what action you can take if you have concerns, and more.

 

December 4 Holiday Party

Bring your friends and family and join us for a Holiday Celebration.  We will have carol singing, an ornament swap, and great food!