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August 9th, 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 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


March 13th, 2015

Stopping the Seizures

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

After brain surgery at Mayo Clinic, Xander Torres is a healthy, happy kid “My hand is wiggly.” When 4-year-old Xander Torres said these words to his mother, Sarah, she had no idea the long journey they would begin. “To be honest, I didn’t think much about it at first,” she says. Several weeks went by […]

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Tags: Dr. Elain Wirrell, Dr. Nicolas Wetjen, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures


December 31st, 2014

‘Nothing Short of a Miracle’

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

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 wife, Pat. “He’d been a […]

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Tags: Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Dr. Richard Marsh, Neurology & Neurosurgery, 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


November 9th, 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


September 5th, 2013

A lifetime of lessons in 20 short years

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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 open-heart surgeries by age 12 […]

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Tags: 2301, 5252, 5253, 5335, Ashley Jagodzinski, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Allison Cabalka, Dr. Francisco Puga, Erin Jagodzinski, Mayo Clinic, Patient Stories, Rheumatoid Arthritis


July 23rd, 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


December 25th, 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


November 28th, 2012

The “new” Tiffany

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Epilepsy surgery ended Tiffany Hanson’s seizures and started a new, active life.

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Tags: 2589, 5270, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic, seizures, temporal lobectomy, Tiffany Hanson


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