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Voices of Epilepsy

Epilepsy diagnosis helps student understand her condition and pursue her dreams

July 2, 2015

By Deron Hamel Before being diagnosed with epilepsy, Amanda Cook says she felt “trapped” by her seizure disorder. But since her diagnosis, Amanda says her confidence has soared, and she’s now getting ready to take the first steps toward a career in interior design. Amanda has been accepted into the interior design technology program at…

Supreme Court’s medicinal marijuana ruling a relief for family of child with Dravet syndrome

June 18, 2015

By Deron Hamel The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision to legalize all forms of consumption of medicinal marijuana means Mandy McKnight no longer has to break the law in order to stop her young son’s seizures. Mandy’s seven-year-old son, Liam, has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy with frequent, prolonged, drug-resistant seizures. He…

Annual walk an opportunity for Epilepsy Durham Region to build stronger community ties

June 12, 2015

By Deron Hamel Epilepsy Durham Region executive director Dianne McKenzie says an upcoming fundraising walk will be an opportunity for the agency to build stronger community ties as well as raise funds and awareness of epilepsy. Epilepsy Durham Region is one of eight grassroots organizations in Durham Region participating in this year’s annual Walk for…