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Student’s message to others: epilepsy does not define who you are

November 15, 2018

By Deron Hamel If you are living with epilepsy, the condition should not define the person you are, says Olivia Tomchick. To persevere in life, you need to kick your fears to the curb and pursue your dreams, says the 19-year-old. With this idea in mind, Olivia keeps pursuing her interests and doing the things…

Student says a career as a paramedic will help her educate others about epilepsy

October 18, 2018

By Deron Hamel Rebekah Pregent has a knack for helping others and educating people about epilepsy whenever possible. It’s fitting that she’s studying to become a paramedic, a career that will enable her to put her passions to work. When applying for an Osler Epilepsy Scholarship this year, Rebekah was asked to write about a…

Student with epilepsy says Lord of the Rings actor inspired him to maximize potential

September 20, 2018

By Deron Hamel Eric Jose’s dream has been to enter the business world, and he has taken his first step towards achieving this as a student at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston. He also started experiencing absence seizures – which are seizures characterized by brief lapses in consciousness – at…