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Women and Epilepsy

Life changes for Kerry Jenkins, one year after surgery to control epilepsy

January 7, 2014

Kerry Jenkins is living proof of the difference successful surgery can make in the life of a person who has epilepsy. Since having deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery in December 2012, Jenkins, who was once described by doctors as having one of the most severe cases of epilepsy in the world, has had her seizures…

Challenges with epilepsy empowering student to reach goals

September 4, 2013

Growing up with epilepsy, Tori Gleason faced many challenges. Now she’s hoping to turn the negative experiences that came with living with a seizure disorder into something she can use to help others. The 18-year-old is enrolled in the child and youth worker program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ont. She’s planning to use…

Cycle for Olly to raise SUDEP awareness

July 18, 2013

For Deb Fawcett, a special moment will happen on July 28. After bicycling more than 500 kilometres, she will complete the six-day Cycle for Olly that will take her and three other cyclists from Montreal to Toronto to raise awareness about sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Her 15-year-old daughter, Jordan, passed away from SUDEP…

Horse rider’s determination trumps epilepsy, says stable owner

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013 — Susy Niles says she wasn’t scared the first time she saw Lia Turner have a seizure while riding her horse — to the contrary, she understood what was happening. Niles, the owner of Iron Horse Equestrian, where Turner rides, says she was able to remain calm during the episode because Turner…