Author Archives: Brandy

In today’s world we are all busy with LIFE… We never seem to have enough time in the day to get everything accomplished.  Whether it is getting things done at work, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, exercise, and spending time with our family or friends. At the end of the day, I am just exhausted and […]

Seizure freedom is never promised…. As I wrap my brain around the fact that I have just had my first seizure in years, the emotions are overwhelming.  First, the utter fear that has consumed me is almost too much to bear.  The fear of if another seizure will come or what people will think of […]

Depression, Anxiety, and Epilepsy….. How to know if I have Depression or Anxiety?  This is such a great question!  Many people are stressed over things in their lives yet that does not mean you have depression or anxiety.  However, Depression and Anxiety are real issues that need to be addressed with your doctor.  As patients, […]

What is safe and effective contraception for women with epilepsy? Background We know that reproductive hormones such as the ones that are in various forms of hormonal contraception can affect the excitability of nerve cells in the brain and thereby potentially make it easier or harder to have a seizure.  In a survey of 1,144 […]

When you hear the news that one of the women that was such a huge influence on your life as a young teenage girl has passed away there is first a feeling of, “This can’t be possible”, then as it sinks in, the tears begin to flow….. After hearing of Ms. Debbie’s passing I called […]

The first time I genuinely told my story, it was to complete strangers. I was shadowing a pediatric neurologist and knowing my background, he asked me to share my experience with epilepsy with one of his patients. She was having a difficult time in school, she was isolating herself from her family, and she felt […]

The world seems ever changing and yet I feel as though so much still remains the same…Each day new things are being presented to us to explore and experience, but we remain further behind for women’s health in regard to epilepsy.  At times, we think we have made huge strides in the area for women […]

Hello from MES’s new Health & Wellness Director! It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about the holidays, although I do hope you all had a happy holiday season! I’m talking about those darn resolutions. Mid to late December most folks have at least 1 or 2 things in mind that they’d […]

It’s New Year’s Eve, the end of 2017, and the time of year when everyone is setting their New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2018.  As I reflect on the past year, I look at what I have accomplished and the things that I have not accomplished…. We tend to be harder on ourselves than […]