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 seizures much more difficult.
Huelsmann decided it was time to visit Mayo Clinic. Neurologists were able to pinpoint the seizures to one area of her brain, and it was likely that surgery could correct the problem. Since the day a Mayo Clinic surgeon removed scar tissue from the left temporal lobe of her brain, Huelsmann has been seizure-free.
"The years since surgery have been the best for me," she says. "I feel like a new person. The freedom from having seizures has allowed me to live my life to the fullest."
For an additional interview with Carla Huelsmann on the “Conversation with Lee Presser” cable television show, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHdgKL-0vWA.