What the EF (WTEF) is a podcast that discusses, points out, and chuckles at the ridiculous, poignant, heartbreaking, and sometimes funny sh*t that happens with epilepsy. By adding laughter to the conversation, people are able to connect, lower their guards, and open themselves to vulnerable discussions. The podcast’s goal is to explore the annoying, beautiful, and traumatic aspects of life with epilepsy, couched in laughter.
Hosts Lexi Talkington and Landis Wiedner bring in experts, celebs, and regular folks to shed light on the crazy epilepsy sh*t that no one seems to talk about. Drawing upon their own experiences, Landis and Lexi facilitate conversations on taboo topics in the seizure sphere.
Conversation sparks change. Laughter facilitates learning.
We believe that creating an approachable atmosphere to tackle the day-to-day and big picture challenges of life with epilepsy will evoke forward movement in personal and societal journeys.
Our goal is to create a touchstone (and hopefully a laugh) for people not only in the epilepsy sphere, but the chronic illness community as a whole.
I consider myself an epilepsy newbie, since I was diagnosed only five years ago, six weeks after brain surgery to remove a tumor. My seizure frequency started at 3-4 a week and now is about once a month.
Epilepsy runs in my family, but I was as ignorant as a horsefly about what a beast it is to manage. It can be an incredibly isolating condition, and I cried the first time I met another person who was diagnosed as an adult.
Creating that type of touchstone for people through chatting and laughing is now my mission.
I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 16 years old, when I realized getting lost in the halls of my high school and not knowing my locker combo wasn’t normal.
After a decade of ten drugs, a VNS implant, and “trying” various diets, I am finally 1.5+ years seizure free. Even though I am currently not having seizures, those ten years of failed treatments will follow me forever. I now have a PhD in Living With Epilepsy, and it's a degree that I love to use.
There is no better feeling like the one I get when I know I’ve helped another person with epilepsy by sharing my own experiences.
1. WHAT THE EF DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE.
The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on the podcast and this website are for conversational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on What the EF podcast or read on this website.
2. OPINIONS BELONG TO WHAT THE EF.
The opinions expressed on What the EF (WTEF) podcast and website are those of the WTEF creators. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any WTEF sponsors, affiliates, or partners.