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Women and Epilepsy

Peterborough woman hoping to write book about persevering with epilepsy

April 14, 2016

By Deron Hamel At Toronto Western Hospital, Kerry Jenkins is known as the “walking textbook on epilepsy.” Given her incredible story of perseverance, her doctors, as well as people at Epilepsy Toronto, have suggested Jenkins write a book about her struggle with epilepsy and the strides she has gained. Now 47 and living in Peterborough,…

Thesis examines disclosure among young women with epilepsy

January 14, 2016

By Deron Hamel When searching for a topic for her master’s thesis at Brock University, Suzanne McGuire noticed a lack of published information about how young women living with epilepsy disclose their condition. Epilepsy, McGuire notes, is one of the oldest documented medical conditions, yet, there is little information about how people disclose their condition.…

How neurosurgery gave Whitney Goulstone her life back

March 20, 2015

On the morning of Nov. 25, 2010, Whitney Goulstone had a simple partial seizure, shortly after waking up. She was having surgery later that day to address her epilepsy and didn’t know what to expect. Doctors told her the surgery would likely reduce her seizures but not eliminate them. But since having the surgery, which…

The continuing success story of Kerry Jenkins

November 27, 2014

In January, Voices of Epilepsy spoke with 45-year-old Peterborough resident Kerry Jenkins, who had lived with epilepsy since age seven. She shared her story of how deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery cut her seizures in half and eliminated her tonic-clonic seizures. The surgery continues to improve her quality of life. Today, Jenkins says that 75…