The Epilepsy Foundation Blog

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Derrick Dawson – Medication, Memory, and Independence

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Derrick Dawson is a social person. When he lost his warehouse job in 2019, it meant less time with his friends and co-workers. When COVID forced us to bring organizational events online, it meant he wouldn’t be able to attend the in-person events he enjoys, like Studio-E Art Sessions, Connect

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Kyah Altiere – Advocate For Yourself and Others

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Advocacy can be done in many ways, in many places, and for many reasons. Kyah Altiere has made advocacy an important part of her life since the time she was prescribed toxic levels of her anti-seizure medication. This is when she became an advocate for herself, which transitioned into her

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Legislative Priority: Seizure Smart Schools

- Advocacy

A strong push for Seizure Smart Schools Legislation in 2021 is how we make schools a safer place for students with epilepsy.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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