Hi, my name is Emily and I have had epilepsy for 21 years of my life. The first time I had a seizure I was in 2nd grade and had no idea what was happening. As the years went by and I became an adult, the seizures kept on getting worse and worse. It got to the point that I was leaving work every other week on a dime. I also had no short-term memory unless it was something traumatic. I would sit and cry to my mom saying I can’t take this anymore. If I had a child there would be no way I would be able to take care of it. I also had doctors tell me ‘I don’t know how to help you’ – until I went to U of M hospital. They were able to help by doing brain surgery. I had my surgery in October of 2009 and I have been seizure free for a year and a half. This was the best thing that could have happened to me. I now don’t leave work, I can drive, and my memory is a lot better. The only thing I lost was some peripheral vision, but I can live with that. I know there are people like me and I recommend this surgery if you have no other options.
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