Sweden healthcare
Health, Sweden

Long wait time and poor communication with Sweden’s healthcare system

Sweden's "free healthcare" system has many downsides, such as long wait times and poor communication that often make America's healthcare system seem superior (especially pre-Obamacare). I am an American born and raised in Southern California who was diagnosed with epilepsy at 25 years old. At 28 years old I moved to Sweden to live permanently… Continue reading Long wait time and poor communication with Sweden’s healthcare system

Merry Christmas
Atheism

Atheists celebrating Christmas in their own special way

One of the most frequently discussed topics I noticed this year in American atheist communities was how atheists should celebrate Christmas. Should atheists say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Winter Solstice"? Should atheists do anything on Christmas day? This came off as odd to me because, personally speaking as an atheist, I've never really interpreted Christmas… Continue reading Atheists celebrating Christmas in their own special way

Epilepsy Awareness Facebook
Epilepsy, Health

Finding confidence with epilepsy in Facebook support groups

Having experienced seizures for years after turning 21 years old, I have found more confidence in myself and learned more about epilepsy after joining epilepsy awareness and support groups on Facebook. I first began having petit mal seizures when I was 21. While brushing my teeth in the morning my arm would suddenly jut out,… Continue reading Finding confidence with epilepsy in Facebook support groups

Kicked out
Atheism

Being kicked out of Atheist Facebook groups

I have been kicked out of yet another atheist Facebook group by "mightier-than-thou" administrators. Getting kicked out of atheist Facebook groups has become such a common occurrence over the years that it's become a sport for me. The group was called "Atheists Unite" and had over 13,000 members. It is a general atheist group with… Continue reading Being kicked out of Atheist Facebook groups

Online Dating
Relationships

Ditch the dating sites for livestreaming for long term relationships

I recently gave thought to the most successful relationships I've had since my early 20s and realized livestreaming helped me find long term relationships while dating sites led me in circles. I was sparked to think about this after an author who is planning to publish a book with tips for online dating recently contacted… Continue reading Ditch the dating sites for livestreaming for long term relationships

Prague Czech Republic
History, Travel

Visiting the mysterious and historic Prague, Czech Republic for the first time

I enjoyed visiting Prague, Czech Republic for the first time in early December 2017 for a surprise vacation birthday trip. While there I visited the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Museum of Communism, Sedlec Ossuary and attended a ghost tour. Prague is the capital of Czech Republican and is the largest city in the country. It… Continue reading Visiting the mysterious and historic Prague, Czech Republic for the first time

Affordable Care Act Obamacare
Epilepsy, Health

I was left high and dry by the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare

I have not been a fan of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," ever since it impacted by private health insurance plan in 2013. Before I explain my experience, I will note that I began having seizures at 21 years old and at 25 years old I was diagnosed with Epilepsy, a serious neurological disorder.… Continue reading I was left high and dry by the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare

Lauren Ell Talk Epilepsy Politics and Fun
Epilepsy

Panic attacks and anxiety while taking Keppra 1000mg daily for seizures

I've been taking Keppra 1000mg daily for over three years since 26 years old and have been coming to terms with the side effects of panic attacks and anxiety. When I think back on it, I began experiencing these symptoms not long after starting Keppra. I think it's taken me so long to connect the… Continue reading Panic attacks and anxiety while taking Keppra 1000mg daily for seizures