mayoclinic (@mayoclinic) published a blog post · July 23rd, 2013
My name is Rachel Skaug, formerly Rachel Kaalberg, and I used to have seizures as a child. My seizures started in 1988, when I was just at 4 months old and lasted until I was 10 years old in 1998.
I tried many medications and did try the Ketogenic Diet which both didn't seem to work for me 100 percent. Therefore, as a last resort, I had not one but five surgeries between August 1997 - June 1998 even though I do not remember them all. The last surgery in June 1998 was the miracle that helped stop my seizures. The doctor that I remember the most is Dr. Zupanc and my surgeon was Dr. Raffel. During the last surgery, they took a 50-cent size piece of my right temporal lobe out which seemed to stop my seizures, today I have been seizure free for 15 years and still going strong.
After my surgeries, the doctors diagnosed me with Tuberous Sclerosis. I do have a few issues with comprehension such as remembering what I read, but I work hard to remember things in picture format to understand what I read.
I am now currently 24 almost 25 years of age and expecting a baby in October. My experience at the Mayo Clinic was tremendous and all the doctors and nurses that worked with me were great in helping me beat Epilepsy.