The Epilepsy Foundation Blog

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Ryan Lais – The Path to Celebrating & Supporting

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Ryan has faced challenges as both a child and adult with epilepsy. The one he didn’t expect to face, was that of his daughter also being diagnosed.

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Epilepsy Care in the Virtual World: How to Make the Most of Your Telemedicine Visits

- Clinician's Corner

You can make sure your telemedicine visits are productive and helpful by spending time preparing and making sure you have a plan.

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Hunter Haggberg – Finding Hope Through Action

- Thriving with Epilepsy

The Haggbergs live in the small town of Isle, Minnesota, right on the edge of Mille Lacs Lake. Hunter was just turning 12 years old when he was diagnosed with epilepsy, and locally they couldn’t find the resources they needed. Hunter’s parents did a lot of research on their own

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A message to our community: Our moment to mourn George Floyd

- Organization Updates

Our Moment to Mourn George Floyd; A Commitment to Racial Equity We are heartbroken over the senseless, horrific murder of George Floyd. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and communities. Although our cities and states are strong, we know that systemic racism is persisting and ingrained in our

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PaKong Lee – Balancing Cultural Traditions with Modern Science

- Thriving with Epilepsy

In addition to visits to a neurologist, PaKong’s family, who immigrated to the US in the 1990’s as refugees, held traditional Hmong values and beliefs when it came to Western medicine, treatment, and seizures.

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Kaya Koball – Finding the Right Treatment Plan

- Thriving with Epilepsy

*Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan or diet. There are many hidden elements to an epilepsy diagnosis. Those on the outside may think of seizures when they hear a friend or family member has epilepsy. But those close by know epilepsy is so

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Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

- Clinician's Corner

By: Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, DNP, RN, PHN, CRRN, EFMN Professional Advisory Board Member The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) committed to fully integrate the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion into its mission. This is a commitment to embrace standards of “fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while

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Camp Oz – The Power of Friendship for Kids with Epilepsy

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Growing up with epilepsy is hard. It’s scary and isolating. Some know this first-hand, while others know it from raising a child with epilepsy. Parents and family members give much-needed support, but for kids with epilepsy, finding others who understand what they’re going through is important. This is the reason

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Josh Rahman – Being Part of Something Bigger

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Josh Rahman likes being part of things bigger than himself. He played football in high school and is now doing the same in college. He’s also working towards a degree in Criminal Justice so that he can help others, and has a drive to educate people about epilepsy and raise

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Olivia Devaraj – A Voice for the Epilepsy Community

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Olivia Devaraj’s path to advocating for the epilepsy community started before she attended the 2019 Epilepsy Advocacy Day at the Capitol. It even started before she officially reached out to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN). As a 7th grader, Olivia heard about an art therapy program that helped people

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