The Epilepsy Foundation Blog

Governor Tim Walz and advocates signing bill into law

Q&A With Mollie Clark, EFMN Advocacy and Public Policy Manager

- Advocacy

At the end of 2020 we welcomed Mollie Clark to our team to fill the newly created Advocacy and Public Policy Manager position. In addition to meeting with legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol and advocating for policy important to the epilepsy community, she also works with advocates like you

Read More
Two adult parents with their five kids all boys

Allen Bauer Jr – With Challenges Come Victories

- Thriving with Epilepsy

The Bauer family includes parents Jenny and Allen, as well as five boys who range in age. The youngest is Allen Jr, who developed epilepsy after severe head trauma at the age of six. The entire Bauer family supports Allen Jr, and his victories are family victories.

Read More
purple silence the stigma words brain background

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Jon’s Blog Post

- Epilepsy Awareness Month

This is really important information to know because what to try or not try can make seizures last longer and possibly worse. Because if they’re ever with a person with epilepsy and they start to see them have a seizure, they need to know what makes them safer and what does not.

Read More
purple silence the stigma words brain background

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Kyah’s Blog Post

- Epilepsy Awareness Month

Hi, my name is Kyah Altiere.  For the past 5 ½ years I have been a counselor at a substance abuse clinic.  I never realized how much I had in common with people living with opiate addictions.  Stay with me here, I’ve never used any illicit drugs.  Our clinic is

Read More

Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy

- Research & Innovation Sponsored

Author: Brian N. Lundstrom, M.D., Ph.D., epileptologist Mayo Clinic This blog post is sponsored by Mayo Clinic. When people have recurrent seizures, they are diagnosed with epilepsy, which is defined as a tendency to have seizures. Epilepsy is first treated with medications. However, about one-third of people continue to have

Read More
purple silence the stigma words brain background

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Shar’s Blog Post

- Epilepsy Awareness Month

My journey with Epilepsy started when I was 9 months old. I struggled with epilepsy all my life from being called the Exorcist to being limited on activities I could do. In 2013 I started working on my degree in Human Services. In 2015 I had so many seizures during

Read More
purple silence the stigma words brain background

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Brett’s Blog Post

- Epilepsy Awareness Month

I am a 40-year-old man with epilepsy. I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 8 years of age. Prior to my diagnosis, I knew something was wrong but did not say anything to my parents. When my father first saw me having a seizure, we quickly saw a doctor. The news

Read More
purple silence the stigma words brain background

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Hafsa’s Blog Post

- Epilepsy Awareness Month

My name is Hafsa and I was first diagnosed with epilepsy when I was one year old. I was too young to notice exactly what was going on with me, but as I got older and went to school, I started to feel embarrassed about having seizures in front of

Read More
Gloved hand holding medication syringe

Clinician’s Corner: New Anti-Seizure Medications

- Clinician's Corner

It is a time of hope for patients with epilepsy who have uncontrolled seizures, not only with these new pharmaceutical agents but additionally with multiple drugs in research development as well as new surgical and modulation therapies.

Read More
Teenage girl holding advocacy certificate

Hannah Poshek – An Athlete and Epilepsy Advocate

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Hannah Poshek had quite the childhood, and now as a teenager, she’s accomplishing even more. She first joined the Minnesota Wild Special Hockey program as a kid, and after gaining greater seizure control as an 8-year-old she started even more activities, like swimming, gymnastics, dance, and competing in Special Olympics.

Read More