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Amanda’s Story: Back Behind the Wheel

Amanda's Story: Back Behind the Wheel

After two antiepileptic drugs failed to control Amanda’s seizures, she underwent testing to see whether she was a candidate for epilepsy surgery. She was, and the results have been something to celebrate.    

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Scott’s Story: The Epilepsy Ambassador

Scott's Story: The Epilepsy Ambassador

Scott was working his dream job as a commercial airline pilot 10 years ago when his life was forever changed by epilepsy. After coming home from a long run, he complained of nausea and then collapsed with a grand mal seizure. The preliminary diagnosis was a brain tumor. But when a brain biopsy came back…
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Deanna’s Story: Conquering Seizures

Deanna’s Story: Conquering Seizures

Deanna was averaging three seizures a week when she arrived at the UC Neuroscience Institute. Sometimes her seizures caused her to pass out, and sometimes they left her blinking and wondering where the time had gone. Complicating her situation, Deanna suffered from a mood disorder, had been victimized by crime and had a history of…
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Ryan’s Story: Epilepsy Surgery

Ryan’s Story: Epilepsy Surgery

Ryan had reached one of the scariest points in his epilepsy – status epilepticus – when he and his team at the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute knew that something dramatic needed to be done. “Status,” as it is sometimes called, happens when seizures come one after the other, in unending…
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Charlie’s Story: Epilepsy

Charlie's Story: Epilepsy

By Charlie Shor I have had many adventures in my 57 years, and I have accomplished much. But the main message of my story, which I have been given the opportunity to share, is that anything is possible. If you have epilepsy, as I do, it says nothing about who you are or what you…
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Rick’s Story: After 45 Years, He Got the Help He Needed

Rick's Story: After 45 Years, He Got the Help He Needed

Rick’s strategy for managing his epilepsy wasn’t perfect, but it had worked well enough for most of his career as a theme park project manager who traveled the world. Whether he worked in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore or Germany, his routine was always the same. After arriving in a new city, he would find a local…
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John’s Story: Epilepsy

John’s Story: Epilepsy

In golf they call it a “bad lie.” A golfer strikes the ball, hoping to place it in a comfortable location on the fairway or the green, but the ball winds up somewhere else entirely – on the side of a slope, perhaps, or in a clump of weeds in the rough. Extricating oneself from…
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