Tag Archives: My Epilepsy Story

I was 18-months-old when I had my first seizure.  It was during a very high fever, so considered a febrile seizure, but it was a seizure nonetheless.  My father was a doctor who had been a front line medic in World World II, but, the story goes, he completely lost his cool when I had […]

  Today on our EMPOWERING Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy video series we hear from Dr. Michael Privitera from the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio on : “Epilepsy & Stress”   Dr. Michael Privitera is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Epilepsy Center at the […]

How Social Stigma Affects Quality of Healthcare in Latinx Community Introduction Epilepsy is a historically misunderstood disease. While professionals are more knowledgeable, community and general knowledge is highly lacking. Approximately 65 million people in the world have some form of epilepsy, and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy in their lifetime (Sirven & Shafer, 2014). […]

As I reflect on 2018 the word that comes to mind is Thankful.  I am thankful for wishes… I am thankful for all that we are are accomplishing at My Epilepsy Story (MES).  I am thankful for the amazing women and girls living with epilepsy that I have had the opportunity to meet this year. […]

My husband and I recently adopted a precious little girl, Virginia Mei, from China. Virginia Mei’s adoption was a special needs adoption. We chose Virginia Mei knowing she had hydrocephalus- fluid on the brain. In China, we were informed from caregivers in her orphanage that she had a shunt in her head to help relieve the […]

My name is Mary, and I have intractable epilepsy. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 14, and my seizures are complex partial with secondary generalization. My seizures have never been controlled, so I’ve had many surgeries in an attempt to identify the focal point and resect it. Within the last five years, I […]

Depression and Epilepsy You may not know but depression and epilepsy can go hand in hand, so it is prudent to be aware of any potential triggers, such as loss of sunlight.  As the days grow shorter it is important to be on guard against onset of seasonal symptoms.  Here are a few things I’ve […]

We are launching a new video series to EMPOWER Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy.  Today we hear from Dr. Richmond Akatue from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee on: Does every women living with epilepsy need a primary care doctor?      Dr. Richmond Akatue is an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Akatue serves […]

We are launching new videos this month for patients and the medical community.  We wanted to share with you one of our videos that will be used for educating physicians as well as the medical community as a whole.  My Epilepsy Story (MES) believes that we need to educate the patient as well the medical […]

Women living with epilepsy CONGRATULATIONS most of us have been successful…. we have sent the message to our daughters that you keep secrets. We have taught them that it is okay to live in silence and shame. We have shown them by our actions that we do not tell others that we live with epilepsy […]