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Never let epilepsy stand in your way: Kate Selway turns to nurse-triathlete for inspiration

June 9, 2016

By Deron Hamel Burlington, Ont. Grade 12 student Kate Selway says her inspiration comes from Glenna Fraumeni, a Toronto nurse and triathlete who, like Kate, is living with epilepsy. Sports are an important part of Kate’s life. She plays soccer, badminton, field hockey, volleyball and swims on her school’s team. Though her doctor recommended she…

Aspiring artist with epilepsy draws inspiration from Van Gogh

June 3, 2016

By Deron Hamel Vincent Van Gogh has a special place in Emily Greer’s heart. Emily, who is studying fine art at OCAD University in Toronto, says Van Gogh is her favourite artist. But she also feels a connection to Van Gogh on another level. Emily is living with epilepsy. Many historians (and even Van Gogh’s…

Gov’t needs to take a proactive response to stem drug shortages: Epilepsy Ontario

May 19, 2016

By Deron Hamel One of the greatest frustrations Epilepsy Ontario deals with during shortages of seizure-control medications is when impending drug shortages are identified but Health Canada and the provincial drug programs do nothing to try to prevent them, says Suzanne Nurse. Nurse, Epilepsy Ontario’s director of information and client services, says that 2016 has…

Divalproex sodium shortage expected to end soon, but that doesn’t curb family’s anxiety

March 17, 2016

By Deron Hamel Although a multifaceted effort is underway to end a  severe  shortage of divalproex sodium (Epival), a commonly used anti-seizure drug, the anxiety created by the limited amount of the lifesaving medication lingers, says Lynda Bowyer. Bowyer, whose 21-year-old daughter takes Epival to control her seizures, says this is the first time her…