The Epilepsy Foundation Blog

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Seizure Safety During Summer

- Clinician's Corner

Seizure Safety During Summer By: Joan Asmus, BSN, LSN, NBSCN – Professional Advisory Board Member It’s summertime! Many of us are expanding our activities to include fresh air and summer-specific activities. For many people, the scariest aspect of epilepsy is not knowing when or where a seizure will occur, and

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Meet Danielle Ehresmann

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Danielle’s Story Danielle Ehresmann started having seizures at two years old but wasn’t officially diagnosed with epilepsy until she was five. Her two sisters were also diagnosed at five, meaning the three of them, all triplets, had the same three types of seizures. As she grew older her sisters’ seizures

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2019 Camp Oz – Day 5

- Updates from Camp

It took until the end of the afternoon on the last full day for us to see the first tiny bit of not-so-great weather. Pretty lucky, if you ask us! We had warm temps and sun for the majority of the day, until the clouds started to gather around 4pm

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Camp Oz 2019 – Day 4

- Updates from Camp

Wednesday marked the start of the second half of the week for Camp Oz, and you could definitely feel a more relaxed, low-key feeling around camp. Campers were getting fully into the routines of their daily schedule and knowing what to expect when. Day 4 also marked ANOTHER incredibly nice

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Camp Oz 2019 – Day 3

- Updates from Camp

Hopefully, the weather keeps holding out for us, because it’s only gotten better over the week! Tuesday was our nicest day yet with sunny skies and perfect temperatures, a great day for more camp activities!Day 3 brought even more cohesion and camaraderie between the camper groups, it seemed. From swimming

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Camp Oz 2019 – Day 2

- Updates from Camp

The first full day of Camp Oz is in the books, and it was great! Cooler overcast weather with occasional peaks of sun gave us a nice breezy day for being outside. Campers had rotating cabin activities for the day – 2 blocks in the morning and 2 blocks in

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Camp Oz 2019 – Day 1

- Updates from Camp

A brand new year of camp is under way, and we’re off to a great start! With a nice cool day for us yesterday, check-in went smoothly and all 117 campers got settled into their cabins. The first item on their schedule was unit activities with their cabin mates and it

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Advocacy End of Session Wrapup

- Advocacy

The Minnesota epilepsy community had a strong and active advocate base this legislative session. The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) appreciates all of the individuals and families who met with and called legislators, wrote letters and emails, attended Epilepsy Day at the Capitol, testified at hearings, attended rallies, and joined

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Meet Leah Whitmore-Hunstock

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Team Leah is returning for their sixth Rise Above Seizures Walk and may just have their largest walk team yet. They all come together to support Leah, an 8-year-old with epilepsy who wants to be a chef, but in the meantime plays basketball, rides her bike with friends, and of course does some cooking and baking.

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Meet Bob Greer

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Change can come at any point in life, and for Bob Greer, there have been many moments of unexpected change. Shortly after getting married Bob was drafted into the Army, and more recently he was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 73. With no known cause for his recent seizures and diagnosis, Bob used EFMN’s Information Services and Connect Groups to learn about treatments and how others manage their epilepsy.

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