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Seizure First Aid Poster

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Living with Epilepsy Brochure

Download Brochure If you’ve been diagnosed with epilepsy, you probably have questions about how it will impact your life. The good news is that medical treatment of seizures is getting better. There’s also a lot you can do to maintain your quality of life as a…

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Learning and School Performance Booklet

Download Booklet Most children with epilepsy don’t have school issues, but some may have learning or performance issues. Download the booklet to learn more. Return to Resource…

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Talking With Your Doctor

Download (English) Download (Spanish) Download (Somali) Download (Hmong) This booklet is designed to help you ask the right questions, make your feelings known, and get the best care possible. Return to Resource…

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Treatment Options: Implant Devices

Implant Devices: Implant devices are used to treat seizures in people with refractory or drug-resistant epilepsy. This means that their seizures are not controlled after trying two or more appropriate anti-seizure medications. Implants may be recommended for people for…

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Treatment Options: Alternative Therapies

Diets Some may turn to dietary therapy as an option for seizure treatment.  Typically they are used in conjunction with medications and should always be introduced with the guidance of a physician. Ketogenic Diet The Ketogenic Diet is a high fat, low protein,…

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Treatment Options: Surgery

When should brain surgery be considered? The road to brain surgery is not a simple one. It relies on consistent and honest communication between the patient, the neurologist or epileptologist and the rest of their care team, if they have one.  Your team will work with…

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What to Say to your Legislator

We’ve partnered with Fredrikson & Byron to show how easy it is to meet with your legislator. Our video shows what to expect when meeting with legislators and gives tips on what to say (and what not to say) during a…

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Advocacy Toolkit: Meet in Person

MEETING FACE-TO-FACE There is power in numbers. If you have neighbors or others in your community who share your concern, consider going as a group. Whether you schedule an individual or group meeting, this is an opportunity to build a relationship with your…

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Advocacy Toolkit: Call Your Legislator

TELLING YOUR STORY Telling your story makes a difference! When legislators hear your personal story, they are impacted by it. If they are on a different side of an issue than you, your story provides them with the bigger picture. If they already share your position,…

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Advocacy Toolkit: Writing a Letter or Email

WRITING YOUR STORY While in-person conversations are often the most impactful, writing a letter or e-mail to your legislator is another important way to connect with them. ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF U.S. CONGRESS To Your Senator: The Honorable [Full Name] Room…

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Advocacy Toolkit: Attend a Town Hall

TELLING YOUR STORY Town hall forums provide an opportunity to tell your story in a different way. Although your message is for your legislator, you’ll have a wider audience to speak to. In addition to being a public forum, town halls are an opportunity to meet…

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Telling Your Story App

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Disabilities has a free tool for advocates to compose and practice their story. The app guides users through the steps, from introducing yourself to identifying the specific issue, to the best methods for presenting a compelling story….

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Find Your Legislator

Your voice matters! Your legislators want to hear your story and how their work connects directly to your experiences. To maximize your impact, focus on the legislators who represent you. Minnesota North…

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Teachers Role Booklet

Download Children who have seizures may run into problems at school, but this can be managed by informed school staff. This book is a guide to educate teachers and school staff on epilepsy and how to help children in the classroom. Return to Resource…

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Shining Stars Brochure

Download Brochure The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota knows that all youth with epilepsy are special, in fact, we think they’re Shining Stars! The Shining Stars program recognizes youth with epilepsy, making them feel special and connecting them with others…

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Raising a Child with Epilepsy Booklet

Download Booklet Raising a child is a big job — and if your child has epilepsy or seizures, you probably have special concerns. In the United States, more than 470,000 children under age 18 live with epilepsy and seizures. Living with seizures is different for…

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Programs and Services Brochure

Download Brochure We serve Minnesota and eastern North Dakota with staff located in Duluth, Fargo/Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud, and the Twin Cities. Learn more about the services and programs that we provide to those affected with epilepsy. Return to Resource…

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Mental Health Booklet

Download People with epilepsy have a higher rate of depression and anxiety disorders than the general population. Download the booklet to learn and understand epilepsy and its relationship with mental health. Return to Resource…

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Medication Guide Brochure

Download Brochure It is not the intention of this guide to give specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their options. Always discuss changes in medication with your doctor. Return to Resource…

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Seizure Recognition and Response

Download Brochure Download the brochure to read information that can prepare you to recognize and respond to seizures. Return to Resource…

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Driving Brochure

Download (English) Download (Espanol) Download (Somali) Download (Hmong) This information has been developed to help people with epilepsy, their families and others to gain a better understanding of some of the rights, responsibilities and…

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2018-2020 Strategic Plan

Download Strategic Plan This plan brings together the passion, commitment, and collective wisdom of many who care deeply for those living with epilepsy and the EFMN mission. This comprehensive and forward-thinking plan will inform our work over the next three years….

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Status Epilepticus

Definition: Status Epilepticus is when a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or when seizures occur close together and the person doesn't recover between seizures. Read more about it on the Epilepsy Foundation of America's Website: Learn…

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What is epilepsy?

Start with the basics: Learn more about what epilepsy is and how it's treated.

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