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Living Life to the Fullest After Epilepsy Surgery

My name is Jill Staloch, and I had my first seizure when I was a freshman in college. Epilepsy never impacted my life, besides having to take medications and having a yearly appointment with my doctor. It wasn’t until 2010 that my life changed because of seizures. I had been [...]

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Traveling the Road of Life, Seizure-Free

For the past eight years, Nicole Dehn, 30, has had pangs of sadness whenever she passes a small grove of trees on the road near her Jacksonville, Fla., home. The trees are a constant reminder of the day epilepsy took her freedom.

Nov. 14 2005. It’s the day Dehn [...]

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Overcoming Epilepsy

  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 am from Madison, WI but much of my [...]

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Seizure-free after new surgery

One of Arden Berge's most surprising discoveries while he was a graduate student in meteorology had nothing to do with the weather. "I'd been lying on the bed reading, and all of a sudden I looked up and there were paramedics standing over me," says Berge. He'd soon learn why. [...]

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Surgery puts an end to life-limiting epilepsy seizures

Melissa Bruesehoff is a wife, mother, teacher and church council member — titles that for many years she couldn't imagine claiming. Bruesehoff was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 4 years old, and complications from the condition prevented her from experiencing many things that most people take for granted. "During [...]

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Surgery to treat epilepsy leaves woman seizure-free

Carla Huelsmann was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she experienced mainly petit mal seizures. Occasionally, she experienced slurred speech and lost her train of thought. Although she disliked having the disease, medication helped keep her seizures to a minimum and allowed [...]

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Christina goes to the head of the class

Christina George recently won an award for overall academic achievement in her kindergarten class. At the award ceremony, many in the crowd were in tears, including her parents, Paulette and Larry. Their emotion and surprise was to be expected. By the time the little girl was 4 years old, she [...]

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The "new" Tiffany

When Tiffany Hanson joined the speech club at school, her parents said to each other, "This is not Tiffany." The teenager didn't like to be in front of people. Then she became a cheerleader. The reason for the change? Tiffany had a temporal lobectomy, or brain surgery, to stop seizures [...]

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Family gives up mashed potatoes in respect of toddler's restrictive diet

The Birch family of Elizabeth, Minn., doesn't eat mashed potatoes anymore. The family's youngest member, Shelby, age 2, is on the ketogenic diet to control seizures from epilepsy. The high-fat, low-protein, no-carbohydrate diet prohibits potatoes. Before Shelby started the diet, her very favorite food was mashed potatoes. "When she had [...]

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Epilepsy, Brain Surgery and then, Seizure-Free

We scurried like mice across the street under the cover of darkness, hugging the side of the St. Mary building when we reached it to block the wind as it gusted at 22 below zero. The light from the entrance door called like a beacon, and when we reached it [...]

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Epilepsy Surgery Allows Patient to Live Life to the Fullest

Carla Huelsmann was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2 years old. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she experienced mainly petit mal seizures. She continued through life, adjusting to her disease as needed. Once Huelsmann welcomed her daughter, the hormone levels in her body changed, making controlling her [...]

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Grateful Family Says Mayo Clinic Care and Ketogenic Diet Brought Their Son Back To Them

Less than a year ago, four-year-old Max Irvine was having hundreds of seizures a day … he couldn't walk, talk or chew his food. A previously healthy and active preschooler, Max has epilepsy. The Irvines were told by one epilepsy specialist that their son would become mentally incompetent from his [...]

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Ali is seizure free and still dancing

When Ali Nowotny was just 15, she began to“blank out.” It was summer of 2006, and she was working as a waitress in her hometown of Rapid City, S.D. The episodes occurred about once a month, and left her “spaced out” for several minutes, slurred her speech and gave her [...]

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