Knatalye and Adeline Mata – Epic Patient Superstar

February 24, 2017

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There is no limit to the strength found in the heart of a child, and this week’s Epic Patient Superstars are perfect examples of just how strong two little girls can be. At just 10 months old, formerly conjoined twins, Knatalye and Adeline Mata, faced a life-changing procedure. A team of surgeons successfully separated the young girls on February 17th, 2015. Their miraculous progress makes us grateful and proud that they’ve chosen to let Epic be a part of their remarkable journey. Before their separation procedure, the medical staff discussed the challenges of the procedure as well as the rarity…Read More

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Step-By-Step Guide to Managing Stress

February 23, 2017

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How Do I Manage All This Stress? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks you must accomplish in a day? Although you handle things wonderfully from task to task, looking at it all can make you panic. If that sounds familiar, it’s time to implement some stress relief techniques. As rewarding as being a parent is, it can be stressful. When your amazing child has special needs, the stress can hit peak levels. When you start getting that panic in your gut, try Epic’s tips for relieving stress in the moment: Get Grounded If things feel…Read More

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Ashon Dussett – Epic Superstar

February 20, 2017

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As a preemie, born at 25 weeks gestation, the odds were stacked against Ashon Dussett. He was born with multiple breathing and heart problems, and spent the first 11 months of his life in the hospital. His official diagnoses are so numerous and complex that his family knew he would need full-time support. Ashon joined the Epic Health Services’ family in 2005, receiving a full 168 hours of care per week. When he made his first trip home from the hospital, Suzanne, an Epic nurse, was already there waiting for him. After 11 years, this same nurse has never left…Read More

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You Know You’re a Caregiver When…

February 20, 2017

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A caregiver is the backbone of many families. They offer assistance with daily life for their disabled or special needs loved ones. They attend countless medical appointments, make meals, push wheelchairs, and most importantly, provide care. In the United States alone, 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. That is a large number of people dedicating so much time to provide unpaid care. Each of these giving individuals have a unique set of skills that only a caregiver could possess: You have an uncanny ability to open any door with…Read More

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Angelman Syndrome FAQs

February 20, 2017

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Epic strives for a more inclusive world for people of all abilities. That’s why we recognize February 15th as International Angelman Day. This day serves to raise awareness for a rare neurological disorder called Angelman Syndrome, or AS. Due to its rare occurrence rate, many people have not ever heard of Angelman Syndrome. However, the stories of people with AS deserve to be heard. Here are answers to some questions you may have about Angelman Syndrome: What is Angelman Syndrome? AS is a neuro-genetic disorder that is often misdiagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Cerebral Palsy due to the…Read More

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10 Ways You Can be a Wise Health Care Consumer

February 17, 2017

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February is Wise Health Care Consumer Month. During this time, organization across the country, including Epic Health Services, encourage consumers to become more educated about their health care rights and needs. This helps people make informed and wise health care choices. How do you know if your health care decisions are wise? In this changing health care environment, it can be difficult to tell. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of 10 steps you can take to be a wise health care consumers. 1. Take Your Time Choosing the right health care providers for you and your family…Read More

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Alex Yparrea – Epic Superstar

February 14, 2017

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For Alex, “childhood challenges” had an entirely different meaning than it does for most children. Born with a gene defect that left his left eye turned inwards, Alex had to undergo two eye surgeries before the age of five, in addition to various other developmental issues with his fingers, hands, and speech. It did not take long for Alex’s grandmother to realize she needed to find some professional assistance. Fortunately, Epic was there to help! Since joining the Epic family in 2015, Alex has experienced significant progress that has inspired us all. His accomplishments, from big to small, are truly…Read More

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American Heart Month: Putting the Spotlight on Congenital Heart Defects

February 14, 2017

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When you hear about heart attacks and heart disease, the first things you may think about are risk factors such as diet, obesity, or unhealthy lifestyles. However, there are a significant number of children born yearly with a heart defect who are already at risk. According to the CDC, 40,000 children are born each year with a congenital heart defect, which equates to 1 in every 100 births. What is a Congenital Heart Defect? A congenital heart defect (CHD) occurs when part of the heart or blood vessels does not fully develop or abnormally develops during pregnancy, affecting the flow…Read More

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Epic Superstars – Epic Medical Solutions

February 8, 2017

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November 25, 2016 was just an average Friday for the Epic Medical Solutions team. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and everyone had the day off to relax with their families. But then they received a call that one of their young patients had run out of their prescribed specialized formula! This is not a common formula you can easily find at your local retail store, and the patient needed a special prescription formula in order to thrive – an entire weekend without it could have been extremely detrimental to the child’s health. Angie Roland, the on-call nurse at Epic…Read More

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Non-Food Valentine’s Gifts Your Child Can Bring to School

February 8, 2017

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Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the important relationships in our lives. While some couples plan elaborate dates with roses and candles, parents of young children plan classroom gifts. Cupcakes, candies, and cookies may seem like great gifts to have you child to bring to school. However, these well-intended Valentine’s gifts can leave some children feel left out. With food allergies as prominent as they are today, it’s better to stay on the safe side and send your child to school with non-food items. Luckily, gifts don’t have to be edible to be fun! Here are some ideas for…Read More

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