Author: Baker

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Marcia Kautz – Building Partnerships

- Thriving with Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s (EFMN) promise is that nobody journeys through epilepsy alone. Marcia Kautz’s journey shows just how important this statement is. Marcia and her husband Dean have been journeying together since her first seizure in 1988, and the partnerships they’ve built along the way have been life-changing.

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Noah Necastro – A Foundation for Following His Dreams

- Thriving with Epilepsy

The Necastro family’s epilepsy journey began in 2019 when Noah was eight years old. They immediately learned of our programs and events from their neurologist, and it quickly became a journey filled with support and education. The support came from joining family programs like the annual Walk, Parent Connect Groups,

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Clinician’s Corner: Impact of COVID on People With Epilepsy, an Update

- Clinician's Corner

What have we learned about COVID and epilepsy and its effects on seizures among adults and children? An update with two years of information.

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Sheina Showen – Using the Voice You Have

- Thriving with Epilepsy

Seina Showen, a school nurse in Hermantown, uses advocacy to promote classroom trainings and increase epilepsy awareness and education.

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Atwell Family – A Legacy For Living a Full Life With Epilepsy

- Thriving with Epilepsy

The Atwell’s lost their daughter Stephanie to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), but are now helping others live a full life with epilepsy.

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DEI Committee Member Spotlight – Dr. Nitin Agarwal

- Organization Updates

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee helps us better serve communities of color, Native communities, individuals living with complex and rare epilepsies, and communities marginalized through social, economic, and political barriers as well as health care providers working most directly with these populations. Dr. Nitin Agarwal is the Medical

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Austin Thomas – Connecting Through Comorbidities

- Thriving with Epilepsy

No two epilepsy journeys are the same. Especially when it occurs with another medical condition, like it does for Austin Thomas. Austin has lived most of his 22 years with autism, but seizures became part of his life at 17 years old when he was diagnosed with epilepsy. “Austin faces

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Clinician’s Corner: Caring for the Caregiver

- Clinician's Corner

By: Dr. Kathleen Rieke, CentraCare The last two articles in this series focused on epilepsy self-management. They encompassed topics such as managing medications, maximizing communication with providers, and taking an active role in seizure management. This final topic focuses on an often overlooked but profoundly important element to the health

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DEI Committee Member Spotlight – Tammy Sinkfield-Morey

- Organization Updates

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee helps us better serve communities of color, Native communities, individuals living with complex and rare epilepsies, and communities marginalized through social, economic, and political barriers as well as health care providers working most directly with these populations. Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, DNP, RN, PHN, CRRN,

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United In Epilepsy Walk Community – Thriving Together

- Epilepsy Walk Thriving with Epilepsy

Beginning on September 1 in Fargo/Moorhead, and finishing on October 2 in the Twin Cities, the epilepsy community unites to walk in solidarity with one another. After years of coming together to Rise Above Seizures, the Walk name changed in 2021 to the United In Epilepsy Regional Walks. With a

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