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July 20, 2018

Epilepsy Surgery Frees Kelly Daniels to Enjoy Her Independence

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Kelly Daniels tried to control her seizures with medications. But the drugs were ineffective, and they left her feeling disoriented. Then she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she had brain surgery that stopped the seizures and put her life back on track.

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Cascino, Dr. W. Richard Marsh, Epilepsy, Epilepsy surgery


June 9, 2018

Looking Toward the Future After a Long Road to Epilepsy Diagnosis

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Undiagnosed epilepsy disrupted Jake Weiss’ life for years. But a comprehensive evaluation finally revealed the true nature of his medical condition and gave him a new way forward.

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Tags: Dr. Scott Spritzer, Eau Claire, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic Health System, Seizure


January 11, 2018

Epilepsy Care Makes the World More Peaceful for a Painter

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For years, seizures caused confusion and disorder in Kristin Taheri’s daily life. Then she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she received the diagnosis she had been seeking, and her care team worked diligently to stop her seizures.

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Tags: Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Dr. Robert Wharen, Dr. William Tatum, Epilepsy, Epilepsy surgery, MayoClinicFL, Neurology and Neurosurgery


December 20, 2017

Brain Surgery Finally Secures Restful Nights for Jo Weir

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Following cutting-edge brain scanning and precision surgery, Jo Weir is catching up on decades of sleep lost to nighttime seizures, and she’s relishing her renewed energy.

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Tags: Dr. Cheolsu Shin, Dr. David Burkholder, Dr. Erik St. Louis, Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, Dr. Lily Wong-Kisiel, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery


November 1, 2017

Finally Sleeping Soundly and Seizure-Free

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After years of dealing with nighttime seizures, an Illinois man found the relief he sought after Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely mapped the source of his seizures.

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Tags: Dr. Fredric Meyer, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Seizure


July 14, 2017

Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future

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After suffering her first epileptic seizure at just 10 days of age, Grace Chan required six separate brain surgeries as surgeons worked to remove the harmful tissue that was causing her seizures.

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Tags: Dr. Christina Chen, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Dr. Sheri Crow, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, pediatric neurology


March 24, 2017

Racing Ahead to a New Career After a Brain Injury

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Just four months after being in a coma, Mike Short was crawling through tunnels, jumping over fiery logs, and scaling walls as part of a 5K race known as a “rugged maniac.” The Georgia native owes his ability to participate in the race to the neurocritical care team at Mayo Clinic that helped him recover […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Pizzi, Dr. W. David Freeman, Epilepsy, MayoClinicFL, Mike Short, Neurocritical Care, Neurology and Neurosurgery


January 19, 2017

Novel Approach to Epilepsy Surgery Allows a Young Woman to Enjoy Life Again

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Five weeks before she was born, Marissa B. had a stroke in utero. When her mother went into labor, Marissa had another stroke. Diagnosed with epilepsy at birth, Marissa spent her first month of life in the neonatal intensive care unit. “When she was six months old, they did a brain MRI,” Marissa’s mom, Lisa, […]

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Tags: Dr. Elaine Wirrell, Dr. Kendall Lee, Dr. Matt Stead, Epilepsy, Neurosurgery


December 22, 2016

After 20 Years of Seizures, Erica Laney Enjoys Life Following Epilepsy Surgery

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For much of her adolescent and adult life, Erica Laney, 31, had frequent petit mal seizures. Less often, she had grand mal seizures that led to loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. The cause of the seizures was abnormal electrical activity throughout her brain. “The seizures started when I was 11 years old. I […]

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Tags: Dr. Robert Wharen, Dr. William Tatum, Epilepsy, Neurological Surgery


November 8, 2016

Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

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The first time Tehya Mrotek had a seizure during class, she had just begun high school. Most of the faculty and staff at Stewartville High School didn’t know how to respond to Tehya’s condition. The school nurse recognized what had happened, however. The nurse explained it to Tehya when she regained consciousness from her tonic-clonic […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. Katherine Nickels, Epilepsy


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