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‘Nothing Short of a Miracle’

Read time: 4 minutes, 30 seconds When he was 26 years old, Dennis Schmitt had his first seizure. “At first, they’d happen every six months or so,” says Dennis, of Liberal, Kansas. “Then, they got a little closer each time.” Doctors had no idea why. “Dennis was healthy,” says his [...]

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Enjoying a 'New Normal' After Epilepsy Surgery

A few years ago, Jessica Veach’s life was going according to plan. She’d started her career as an elementary school teacher — a dream she'd had since she was 8 years old — and was settling into married life with her husband, Colin. Jessica was also successfully managing epilepsy, which [...]

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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. http://youtu.be/FN7WbRTdD5Q Nov. 14 2005. It’s the day Dehn [...]

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A lifetime of lessons in 20 short years

It hasn't been an easy path for Ashley Jagodzinski. To say the least. So you'll pardon Ashley and her mom (Mayo employee Erin Jagodzinski) if they're a touch enthusiastic about Ashley officially starting her college career this fall. A few things conspired to stop Ashley from getting to this point. Three [...]

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Overcoming Epilepsy

My name is Rachel Skaug, formerly Rachel Kaalberg, and I used to have epileptic seizures as a child. My seizures started at four months old, which was in 1988, and lasted until I was 10 years old, in 1998. I am from Madison, Wis. Much of my testing happened at Mayo [...]

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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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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 [...]

Created by Margaret Shepard

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