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Voices of Epilepsy

Experiences with epilepsy inspire student to educate teachers about the condition

May 3, 2024

By Deron Hamel Matthew Farrish says he hopes to one day help students and their teachers better understand epilepsy and the challenges children living with seizure disorders face at school. Having lived with epilepsy since age 2, Matthew, who grew up in Thunder Bay, knows first-hand about this. “While attending school in northern Ontario, I…

Renowned crime author inspires student with epilepsy to focus on her dreams

April 8, 2024

By Deron Hamel   While recovering from a tonic-clonic seizure, Lyndsey Canini says she found inspiration and motivation to continue pursuing her studies in creative writing and criminology after learning about the life of one of the world’s most celebrated authors.   At the time, the University of Ottawa student says she had been released from…

How a positive attitude helped student overcome epilepsy challenges

March 4, 2024

By Deron Hamel Amber Demers recalls the first time she experienced a seizure – it was in 2007, the day before classes began when she was a first-year university student. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Simultaneously, Amber found herself facing two new challenges: living with a seizure disorder and dealing with a full-time…

Epilepsy has been no match for student’s inner strength

January 10, 2024

By Deron Hamel Angélique Erry recalls how when she was diagnosed with epilepsy at 13, she felt the condition would be a barrier that would prevent her from living life to its fullest. She remembers her doctor giving her a list of activities she needed to avoid, telling her how many hours of sleep she…