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November 1st, 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 14th, 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 24th, 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 19th, 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 22nd, 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 8th, 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


August 9th, 2016

Surgery to Get Rid of Seizures Gives Brad Lewis New Freedom

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For 14 years, Brad Lewis never knew quite what to expect when he woke up in the morning. A rare genetic disorder, tuberous sclerosis, caused a variety of health problems. But the one that disrupted his life the most was epilepsy. At one point, Brad was having as many as 80 seizures a day. “Seizures […]

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Tags: Dr. Lily Wong-Kisiel, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures, Tuberous Sclerosis


April 23rd, 2015

A Long Journey to a Seizure-Free Life

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

In December 2014, Gregory Cascino, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, received a photo of a former patient. Kate Seifert was standing at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, almost 20,000 feet above sea level, at the mountain’s Uhuru Peak. The photo was accompanied by a note from Seifert’s mother. “We will be forever […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Cascino, Dr. Richard Marsh, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures


April 30th, 2014

Enjoying a ‘New Normal’ After Epilepsy Surgery

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

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 she had been diagnosed with […]

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Tags: Dr. Katherine Noe, Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories, seizures


December 20th, 2013

Living Life to the Fullest After Epilepsy Surgery

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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 seizure free for at least […]

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Tags: Dr. Frederick Meyer, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Patient Stories


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