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November 8, 2016

Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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 9, 2016

Surgery to Get Rid of Seizures Gives Brad Lewis New Freedom

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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 23, 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 30, 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 20, 2013

Living Life to the Fullest After Epilepsy Surgery

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

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


November 9, 2013

Traveling the Road of Life, Seizure-Free

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

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 had a seizure while driving. Her […]

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Tags: 2859, 5157, 5174, 5292, 5294, 5334, brain, dehn, Epilepsy, Jacksonville, laser ablation, laser surgery


July 23, 2013

Overcoming Epilepsy

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

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 Clinic in Rochester, Minn. I […]

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Tags: 2859, 5292, 5294, 5335, EEG, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Rachel Skaug, recovery, Rochester, seizures, Surgery


March 5, 2013

Seizure-free after new surgery

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

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. He’d had a seizure, and […]

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Tags: 2859, 5292, 5294, 5335, Arden Berge, complex partial seizures, Dr. Gregory Cascino, Dr. Richard Marsh, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic, medication, Neurology & Neurosurgery


December 30, 2012

Surgery to treat epilepsy leaves woman seizure-free

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Carla Huelsmann felt seizures were taking over her life. Surgery at Mayo Clinic gave it back to her.

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Tags: 2589, 5294, 5335, Carla Huelsmann, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic, Seizure


December 25, 2012

Surgery puts an end to life-limiting epilepsy seizures

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Surgery to treat epilepsy has allowed Melissa Bruesehoff to enjoy many things that once seemed out of reach — including motherhood.

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Tags: 2589, 5292, 5294, 5335, 5418, Epilepsy, Gregory D. Cascino, Mayo Clinic, Melissa Bruesehoff, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures


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