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How do you feel about that?

Psychologist will utilize personal and group therapy as their primary method of assisting their patient

The big difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist is the psychiatrist  has an MD as well as a PhD and that at his or her option can prescribe medication that can assist their patient with their particular problem. A good Psychologist will utilize personal and group therapy as their primary method of assisting the patient.

If we take it one step further, the Christian Psychologist will also utilize “lifestyle” teaching and scripture within his or her personal or group therapy sessions as additional tools to assist their patient with their particular problem.

One of the greatest challenges of the Christian psychologist is knowing what teaching and scripture to apply to the situation without turning the session into just another “ad hock” small group or Sunday School class. It’s always important to keep it professional.

People with problems want and need solutions. Getting to the heart of the problem is essential.

As I work through my counseling sessions with my patients, I try to keep them focused by keeping them on point and periodically referring back to what they believe to be their problem; what they believe is not always the case.

I try best as possible to refer them back to Philippians 4:8-9 “ whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

People need to focus on and accentuate in their lives the “positive things”; they’re what really matters.

If people focus on the positive long enough, it won’t be long before they’re feeling much better about everything.

I also like to ask my patients within the session, “How do you feel about that?” when discussing a potential solution to their problem.

If the patient feels better, he is twice as likely to get better faster because he helped solve his own problem.

So, “How do you feel about that?”

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How should we then live?

At the Heart of Christian Psychology is Repentance

In one point of my Psychology internships I served as a Chaplin at a Juvenile detention center. This facility was mainly for older boys and young men between  ages 12 to 17  and most had committed very serious crimes. I was often asked by these young men how I could help them “fix” their lives. They were off to a good start in doing so themselves  just by asking me that question. Their soul was yearning to be free and as my mentor Dr. John Drakeford would say in his book, “Psychology in Search of a Soul”,  his soul was seeking to meet his psyche’.

Ezekiel 33:10 tells us that at one point in her history, “Israel had become so offensive to God, that she wasn’t sure what to do  about it; just like those young men, their  soul was seeking some serious repair and she knew it; she just wasn’t sure how to do it. “Israel was so aware of how far she had strayed from God that a  public saying had developed among them which some say was even chanted: “(Our) offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them.” Yet with all of this, Israel wasn’t  repentant of her disobedience to God.

This idea of Israel asking God how they should live has come to the forefront of American Christian Psychology; you have to realize you’re sick and  if  you want to become spiritually and emotionally well, you must change your world view; that is you must repent.

In other words, you must change from living your way to living God’s way.

In his book, “How shall  we then live”, author, Francis A. Schaeffer says the very same thing to America and Western civilization  that Ezekiel said to Israel.

Schaeffer points out that America is no longer obedient to God and as a result if she continues to do so, America will ultimately self destruct; bear in mind Schaeffer wrote this book in 1976.

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What is the truth?

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As I begin this article, let me say from the onset, I am not a medical doctor, however as my own GP recently reminded me, I am a Doctor of Psychology and my counsel and opinion are valuable and I should never apologize for being a doctor; no matter what my specialty. I should also point out however, that I did work for a very large Pharmaceutical Company in my twenties and I learned a lot about medical research, trial studies and test subjects.

Never in the history of our country has the question of “What is the truth” been more important with all the concern about Covid-19 and the Delta Variant.

Over the past month, I have seen four separate doctors; each for different reasons; 3 specialists and my GP. Each ask if I had one of the Covid-19 vaccines and each volunteered their own thoughts on why I should consider getting the vaccine since  I have not been vaccinated.

Only one of the four doctors was insistent that I should get vaccinated and he was extremely forceful and told me to ignore rumors and only look at the science; which I have. That particular doctor looked me right in the eye and told me he had read ALL the information on the various vaccines and had studied all the science and there was nothing to support increased risk to epilepsy patients or non- epilepsy patients prone to seizure. So, I came right home and studied the “science” provided to doctors and contrary to that doctor’s obvious miss-information each of the manufacturers had dozens of pages on the negative side effects for epilepsy and seizure prone patients and not only concerning epilepsy but literally hundreds of other medical problems.

It seems part of the problem is, that not even the “so called” medical research scientists agree on what is supposedly the truth and facts concerning their own conclusions concerning their own vaccine.

What our government tells us is that Covid-19 is one of the easiest viruses to catch and fastest spreading the world has ever seen. I guess they forgot about the Spanish Flu in 1918.

What our government is less open about are the side effects of any of the 3 Covid-19 vaccines.

The reason that the government is less than open about the side effects of the 3 Covid-19 vaccines   is because all of the vaccines are still “technically” in trial use and we the entire world population are the trial subjects; it doesn’t matter if we die or not, you see that’s what happens in trial studies. Of course, Big Pharma can do no harm, right? But I can tell you what one Pharmaceutical executive told me back in the 70’s, while I worked at that major Pharmaceutical company, “What the public doesn’t know about the medicines they’re taking won’t hurt us” (the Pharmaceutical Industry).

When I checked the Covid-19 vaccine interaction with two of my three Anti-seizure meds, this is what I was told:

No interactions data were found for Covid-19 Vaccine, Azd-1222 (Astrazeneca) (Pf) 0.5 Ml Im Susp (Unapp). That does not mean there are no existing interactions (In other words there could be, negative interactions but since we are fast tracking this vaccine, we don’t have time to study. My words NOT  Astrazeneca). Consult your pharmacist or healthcare provider before taking these medications.

We do know minimal information about the various vaccines.

This is the consensus of the information provided by the vaccine manufacturers:

When we get a vaccine, it activates our immune response. This helps our bodies learn to fight off the virus without the danger of an actual infection. If we are exposed to the virus in the future, our immune system “remembers” how to fight it. All authorized COVID-19 vaccines provide significant protection against serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. (Their words, not mine)

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use messenger RNA, or mRNA. mRNA vaccines do not contain a live virus — they give our bodies “instructions” for how to make and fight the harmless spike-shaped proteins that will protect against a COVID-19 infection. While these vaccines use new technology, researchers have been studying them for decades.

The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is a viral vector vaccine and also does not contain a live virus. It uses a harmless adenovirus to create a spike protein that the immune system responds to, creating antibodies to protect against COVID-19.

Although the mRNA technology being used supposedly does not effect our DNA, one doctor told me what we know about DNA is still in it’s infancy and in his opinion their is no certainty that the mRNA can be guanteed as to not effect our DNA. 

The fact that no live virus is being used also leaves a lot to be questioned.

Even though they (The vaccine manufacturers) admit those with epilepsy may be seizure susceptible after receiving the vaccine. And this is only one example; there could be hundreds more side effects. That’s why normally it takes five to seven years in a research study for any medication to receive FDA approval, in order to factor in all of the possible existing medical conditions and pharmaceutical interaction; in other words, there are so many variables that the fast track approach to FDA approval that the current vaccines has overlooked that anyone taking these vaccines cannot be assured of complete safety.

I am not anti-vaccine and if there is ever a vaccine developed utilizing normal research and development procedures, I would personally consider taking it. Unfortunately, there will probably never be a normal research and development procedure of a vaccine that is safe to use because Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci have convinced our government who in turn has convinced the American people that the current vaccines are not only safe but essential in destroying the spread of Covid-19 and it’s variant as well as they have too much to lose financially.

If you read the science along with all of the information provided by the three manufacturers ( for the general public) of the vaccines being utilized, it’s very easy to understand why the American people are being fearfully pressured into being vaccinated.

The irony to all of this is that even the three manufacturers won’t guarantee that if you take their vaccine that you still won’t get Covid-19 or the Delta variant; in fact, there are many people that have been vaccinated and still gotten Covid-19.

Most of the manufacturers agree that the vaccine only gives approximately a 68% advantage in not contracting Covid-19 while the use of Hydrochloriquine along with the antibiotic, Aziththromycin (Z-Pack) and massive amounts of Zinc and vitamin D-3 have anywhere from a 78% to 98% chance of complete virus eradication.

Incase anyone missed it, President Biden had a town hall the other night and said if you get vaccinated then you can’t get covid, you won’t be hospitalized and you can’t die from it.  He’s also  considering another round of mask mandates even for vaccinated people.

In fact, the CDC made it clear that the information President Biden gave the White House Press Corp in this most recent Press Conference was wrong.

So “What is the truth?”

Jesus said He was the way the truth and the life. He is the only truth you can believe.

You have to decide for yourself what you will do concerning vaccination and I know many Christians are concerned that vaccination is the mark of the beast. I do not.

The following is my recommendation for dealing with the Covid-19 vaccination: 

 1. If you haven’t done so, accept Jesus as your Saviour.

2.Pray diligently about what you should do. Let the Holy Spirit lead you. 16 Rejoice always,17 pray  continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

3.Make sure your prayer is effective The prayer of a righteous man (man trying to do right) is powerful and effective. … remember this: (James 5:16 NIV) In other words, even if you’re a Christian but living  a sinful life , your prayer won’t get above your ceiling.

4. Start or join a prayer group if your church doesn’t have one; also let me know and I will pray with you (For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”(Mtt 18:20)

Don’t let the CDC, FDA or our government attempt to scare you into your vaccination decision. Let it be your’s and the Lord’s alone.

2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”.

God will guide you in your decision if you ask Him and allow Him.

© 2021 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III

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Epilepsy: Identity? or Condition?

by Lee Outlaw, PhD

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It’s been quite a while, since I’ve wrote anything concerning epilepsy, but considering the fact that my own journey with epilepsy delayed my writing and brought me to this point, I felt the need to share this fact with you.

On December 26th, 2018, I was riding in the car with my daughter driving (thank God) on our way to have lunch with my wife but less than 10 blocks from our home, I had a grand maul seizure. My son was in the back seat and called for the paramedics. Neither of my 2 children accompanying me had ever witnessed me having a major seizure and was frightened terribly.  When the paramedics got me to the hospital, the ER doctor had difficulty waking me up. When I finally woke up, they performed a CAT scan and found me normal but when I was returned to my room, I had a second seizure and the doctors were considering inducing a coma; thank God they did not. They simply put me on two additional anti-seizure meds and released me 24 hours later and told to see my neurologist ASAP; which I did.

Epilepsy not only causes seizures but can cause drastic changes in a person’s life; for those of us that have had this dreaded condition since birth.

I have experienced physically the most changes ever since that dreadful day in 2018: my family will no longer let me drive(although I am legal to do so), or leave me at home alone, I was left with difficulty in using my left leg (although I can walk but often with the assistance of a cane),I must wear light weight shoes, I have lost some strength in my left arm and hand and I was also left partially incontinent and if that wasn’t bad enough, I can now easily experience photo sensitive seizures from prolonged use of artificial light, and using the computer or watching TV without the use of anti-blue light glasses.

I hope this explains a bit more why I have written articles in a while.

This article came about by accident as a reader sent in a comment about an article I wrote over a year ago; and not really about mental health but rather a neurological condition, namely, epilepsy which I have lived with since birth and mostly without medication.

Mind you I know the stigma. My grandfather suffered, with this dreaded condition; while running a farm and being the father to eight children.

None of my aunts or uncles would discuss it and tried to hide it from me.  My father was told I needed help from a neurologist when I was a child.  He refused to do so and told me just before he passed that he refused to let our family doctor label me as “crazy”. That was the “stigma” associated with epilepsy during the “50’s and 60’s”. If you had epilepsy; you were “crazy” at the least and “demon possessed” at best. Either way, parents of such children were seen as the problem and not the child themselves.   Parents were concerned about their social status in their church, their business, their lodges or clubs.

Those such as my father were afraid that people might think there was some sordid deed in his past life before he became a Christian that God was holding him accountable through his son. Fortunately that is not how God works. Jesus came to Earth to forgive human beings of their sin and to heal people spiritually and physically.

There are those that want to make epilepsy or any discussion of such as something which must be discussed from within the social, medical and political correct verb age of the day; In other words if you and your Neurologist have always referred to you as “epileptic”, yet suddenly one day, one of the many Epilepsy Foundations ( last I read there were 2 major foundations and at least 32 regional foundations in Texas alone) decides that particular term is offensive and you now have to refer to yourself as a person with epilepsy rather than an epileptic; it does nothing to help the person or treat the condition. In fact, changing the verb age actually damages our ability to get proper treatment, financial assistance and even the correct medication for your type of epilepsy.

Epilepsy has over the past several decades has experienced many changes in doctors moving from epilepsy specialist to Epileptologist that treat only epilepsy, dozens of new time released medications, DNA testing, new surgical procedures and much more on the way.

If we start moving the goal post of verbal discussion, it will simply preclude treatment for those that need our help.

I apologize to anyone I might have offended by referring to myself as an epileptic. I do have EPILEPSY and I don’t mind being referred to as an “Epileptic”. In my opinion, it makes no difference how you identify yourself, just be sure to get regular neuro checks, take your meds on time and get at least 8 hours sleep nightly.

I hope this will explain and clarify my stance on Epilepsy.

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This article will be moved to “Epilepsy in Plain Sight” in two weeks in order to conserve space.

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The age old question returns: “What is wrong with people?”

Riot/Protest in Minneapolis

What is wrong with people?

by Dr. Lee Outlaw

 

With the death of George Floyd in the news, the age old question returns: “What is wrong with people?”
In general the question seems to be both cross generational and cross cultural but overall the intricacy of the question can be broken down as follows:

The negative behavior of people (both individually and within any group) seems to be a result of the following:
1. People don’t think things through thoroughly
2. People generally tend to take the easy way out
3. People tend to care more about themselves than the greater good of others
4. People tend to care more about themselves than the law
5. People tend to care more about themselves than God and their faith
6. People care more about feelings than consequences
7. People tend to believe the unbelievable but can’t believe in an all knowing and all powerful God.

In the area of psychology, we refer to this study of people and what sometimes appears to be a less than normal and lack of common sense approach to life as “Social Psychology”.
Of course within secular psychology, the study of such is an attempt to scientifically understand and explain how thoughts, feelings, and behavior of people are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others within society. Simply stated, social psychology is all about understanding how each person’s behavior is influenced by others and their social surroundings; a.k.a “peer pressure” as we have seen in the protest and riots all across our country.

Although there are many theories concerning this man’s horrific death (including numerous conspiracy theories), the bottom line is that every part of this story from the police action to the resulting protest and riots are the result of humanity’s sinful nature. The Bible says, “All have sinned…”Romans 3:23.

The problem within mainstream secular psychology however, is that there is no real defined moral base or ethical value such as the Bible from which to standardize such a study of an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behavior. Sadly, people, especially our youth no longer attend church or even believe in God.

As a result, apart from fluctuating statistics in comparison analysis of the same given criteria among ones peers or an established psychological norm (at any given moment) there is no established standard for people to follow, so if one person does a certain thing and it seems right to another person, then the same action is repeated.

Regardless of one’s philosophical, political, religious or psychological view, we have all been dissatisfied, disappointed or even frustrated by people either within or outside our social and family circle and we have asked the question or variation thereof, “What is wrong with people?”

It is time for this destructive behavior going on throughout our country to stop.
Either a strong rational behavioral modification must be attempted or a more radical consequence utilized to force these adult children to relinquish their riotous and dangerous actions.

Let me emphasize that I do not desire any further hurt, death or destruction but the recent riotous actions must stop and not be allowed to continue.

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will give strength and comfort to our president along with the wisdom to make right and Godly decisions and may God intervene to destroy the demonic powers which have possessed those committing these heinous acts.

For more, read my series from 2018 on Drtruthman Counseling, “What is wrong with people?”
Links below:

https://drtruthman.com/2018/03/11/what-is-wrong-with-people/
https://drtruthman.com/2018/03/23/whats-wrong-with-people-part-1/
https://drtruthman.com/2018/06/14/whats-wrong-with-people-part-2/
https://drtruthman.com/2018/09/15/whats-wrong-with-people-part-3/

© 2020 Lee W. Outlaw III, PhD

Precious memories

Memories

 

As those of us from the “Baby boomer” generation continue to get older, there’s an increasing discussion about memory; the loss of it from age or disease as well as ways to increase and restore memory.

As a psychologist I have always been aware of hypnotherapy, regression therapy, the power of suggestion and a variety of short term memory induced medications which have the ability to expand the far reaches of our mind.

The hippie movement and psychedelic drug use of hallucinogenic medications such as LSD along with the research of Dr. Timothy Leary as well as Angel Dust and others brought new meaning to the terms of “getting high” and “mind expansion”. Ironically, these illegal medications were in wide use by the military in an attempt to seek out how much the human mind could be expanded for use in memory and neurological research.

Reportedly, the results were quite incredible.
Many test subjects claimed they could remember all the way back to their birth and some claimed they were even able to recall some of the womb experience.

The interesting reports were from the test subjects claiming to remember past life and even “other worldly” life experiences.

I have often utilized the power of suggestion as a therapy tool to help patients cope with grief or a traumatic experience; even to the point of helping them to forget. I also worked with a Psychiatrist friend who was also a certified hypnotherapist and he would often utilize this tool in taking some of my patients back to a point in their life they needed to remember in order to forget.

All of this said, I thought very little of mind expansion drugs or medication; I considered it all “bunk” and nonsense, that is until I was fully and officially diagnosed as an epileptic.

Although I am a genetic epileptic, I wasn’t officially diagnosed until 2005 when after a full blown Grand Mal seizure (in which I was pronounced dead) I was put on anti-seizure medication. Until 2005, I could not remember nearly anything from my childhood before age nine or ten and even much of that through age fifteen was often strained at best.

Once I began taking the anti-seizure meds, I almost immediately had clarity of memory going back to when I was six years old. It’s actually quite amazing; I now remember things I had totally forgotten.

Even more amazing, is that after my most recent two grand mal seizure this past December my neurologist added a second daily dosage of an additional new anti-seizure med and now I can remember many things all the way back to when I was two years old.

Talk about precious memories, I was recently holding my nearly one year old grandson and watching him smile as I let him hold the TV remote control. Suddenly, my mind flashed backed to when I was about a year older sitting in my granddaddy’s lap and he gave me an old style striped peanut butter candy. He used to save them after the barber gave them out at the barbershop. Anyway, my granddaddy saw me trying to eat thru the cellophane wrapper so he tore it open and let me lick it. It was great.

After he saw how much I liked it and nearly licking the candy to death, he took his pocket knife out of his pocket (every man and boy use to carry one back in the day) and he began to scrape the candy into his hand and then fed it to me. This is such a wonderful memory.

Memories are indeed wonderful and should be cherished.

The Apostle Paul said “Let the mind of Christ Jesus be also in you” (Philippians 2:5); in other words think like Jesus and live like Jesus and the result will be good living and good memories… just like Jesus.

Paul went on to say, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Paul is basically telling us that good and Godly thinking produces good and Godly memories. Good in and good out.

I am always amazed at people which have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease that have lost most of their memories yet still have vast memories of church, scripture, old hymns, Sunday School and Baptism. It’s as though the Godly memories rise to the surface of their life.

Let’s exercise our memories and think on the things of God.

God bless us all as we think on HIM.

© 2019 Lee W. Outlaw III, PhD

Ageless wonders

My late father used to say, “Just wait till you get to be my age boy”.

Of course, like many of our parents that was one of many of my Dad’s favorite sayings to me throughout his long life of 83 years; from the time I can remember till just before he died.

The older we get, the more we tend to reflect on our age and the past. If it’s not the result of a deep lingering memory, it’s that old sports injury or new diagnosed illness which creeps up behind us, taps us on the shoulder and says, “you’re old”; you want to just turn around and slap it but then you realize you can’t turn around like that anymore.

None of us want to believe we’re getting older. I know a writer I met a few years back in her nineties told me she couldn’t believe she was as old as she was because she just didn’t feel like it.

One of my university “Geriatric psychology” professors used to say, “You can try to run from it, ignore it or simply change the subject but the fact is, if you’re lucky age will catch up to you.” Think about his remarks,”…if you’re lucky…”. He would also add, “If you’re not lucky enough, it won’t really matter and you and God can discuss what happened up close and personal”.     Most of the class didn’t appreciate his dry humor at the time but it was his way of saying “don’t take life too serious”.

In other words if we’re fortunate enough to experience all that accompanies a long life, we will have aches, pains, difficulties and the emotional stress of moving forward in time and “getting old”.

A Christian Psychologist colleague of mine (who is no spring chicken) says repeatedly that the older we get the more important it is to have a daily personal reaffirmation which involves positive affirmation about our present life situation; regardless of our current circumstances.

Everyone should formulate their own daily plan. My simple fifteen to thirty minute daily “re-affirmation”  (reaffirming the life God has given me) usually goes something like this: I pray thanking God for today, my life, my family, church and our nation. As an epileptic I also ask for a “seizure free day”. I sing one of my favorite praise choruses, “Let’s forget about ourselves and magnify the Lord and worship him”, I read scripture (currently reading through Proverbs and Ecclesiastes), I read a portion of a favorite book or two and finally I formulate a plan for the day.

We must never dwell on the past because we’ll never get it back. The past poisons and penetrates our mind and very ounce of our being; to quote a popular cliché’ of our day, “Just let it go”.

The bottom line is that each of us are “Ageless wonders”. Leave the past behind, don’t worry about the future and pursue the present.

Jesus said it best, And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” (Luke 12:25:26)

God bless your day.

© 2019 Lee W. Outlaw III, PhD

The Importance of Sam’s Law

Hopefully, as I prepare to publish this article, “Sam’s Law”, House Bill 684, was being heard in front of the Senate Education Committee (Tuesday, April 30) and will be placed on the agenda for a vote prior to the ending of the current Texas State Legislature.

The reason this law is of vital importance is that it will require all schools to become epilepsy educated and aware. Epileptic seizures (of all kinds) are often misidentified and epilepsy itself is so misunderstood that many people don’t recognize a seizure when they see one. Some seizures such as absence, simple or complex partial seizures are simply unrecognized.

Even when a seizure is recognized, people often don’t know what to do. This is especially true in our schools. Children and teens with epilepsy can experience a seizure and depending on the type of seizure, teachers, coaches, principals, counselors and even some school nurses are unaware of how to proceed.

This is also true of School police officers and security. In fact certain seizures such as grand mal and petite grand mal seizures are all too often perceived by police and security as simply disobedience and a behavioral or drug related problem sending these epilepsy effected students needlessly and incorrectly to the local jail, juvenile detention facility or a behavioral hospital leading to misdemeanor or even felony charges against a sick person needing immediate medical attention and wasting valuable time.

Please remember, Epilepsy kills.

Sam’s law,  (HB 684), introduced by Rep. Travis Clardy, would require that ALL Texas public school personnel — meaning anyone who has contact with a child with epilepsy — will be trained in seizure recognition and seizure first aid. People who interact with children with epilepsy on a daily basis should be trained to care for them if they have a seizure.

Sam’s Law would ensure seizure education and first aid training for employees in Texas public schools who have contact with children. It would require teachers to take an online course effective Dec. 1, 2019. The bill proposes free seizure recognition and seizure response training for teachers and staff at Texas public schools.

The bill is named in honor of Samantha (Sam) Watkins, a Kilgore ISD student who passed away in December 2016 after complications from a seizure just three months after she had been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Again, not to be morbid (but as an epileptic myself) Epilepsy kills and both time and the proper response can be the difference between life and death.

Much of the foot work in getting this bill introduced into the Texas legislature was due to the efforts of former teacher, Shari Dudo who is also an epileptic. After suffering a seizure at the school where she taught, she founded the Purple Warriors of Texas. Samantha (Sam) Watkins’ mother, Barbara Watkins, also a teacher has worked with Shari to get this bill introduced into the Texas State legislature and bring it to its current point in the state senate.

At the same time, there are many others throughout the nation attempting to get similar legislation introduced into their own states.

Still others such as the RGV’s own April Flowers and her daughter Lili are spending time in Washington D.C. meeting with Congressional staff and Senators in an attempt to raise attention to the need for Sam’s law nationwide.

© 2019 Lee W. Outlaw III, PhD

NEW EPILEPSY Support Group Forming

We are in the process of starting a second Epilepsy Foundation support group for the lower RGV area which will meet at a separate week and day of each month from our current Edinburg meeting.

You are also welcome to attend the support group in Edinburg which meets the third Thursday of each month in the Texas Room of the Edinburg Regional Hospital.

The NEW group will meet at the City of Laferia public library which has elevators and easy accessible handicap bathrooms. Specific dates and times are yet to be announced. If anyone knows of folks with epilepsy, family members or their care givers which would be interested or could benefit from this group, please email me at drtruthman@live.com.

FREE food and beverages will be provided.

Thank you,

Dr. Lee Outlaw

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