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Epilepsy Stories

Jeffrey’s Story

February 12, 2019

A diagnosis of epilepsy need not be a barrier to a professional, rewarding life, as my experience may attest. I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1980, while still in high school. My seizures were diagnosed eventually as “partial, mild”. In fact, the manifestations were small, visual disturbances of tiny pinpoints of bright lights, called “scotoma”.…

Ottawa student won’t let epilepsy interfere with her dreams

September 5, 2018

Bronwyn Clifton is gearing up to start classes in the concurrent education program at Queen’s University in September, an accomplishment she didn’t think was possible nine months ago after suffering her first tonic-clonic seizure. But Bronwyn has lived with epilepsy for 12 years and has always persevered, sometimes looking to others for inspiration, she says.…

Laith’s Epilepsy Story

November 1, 2017

Laith first started having seizures when he was about six-years-old. He would see a blinking bright light for a few seconds or minutes and then his eyesight would return to normal. By his late teens, he had different types of seizures, mostly absence seizures which are very brief and, for Laith, on average lasted around…

Ottawa Area Student Wins Osler Epilepsy Scholarship

August 25, 2017

Sarah tries not to think about the fact that she has epilepsy, despite the constant reminder of her Medic Alert bracelet that she wears around her wrist. There are other reminders as well, such as the side effects of medication and the learning and memory difficulties that sometimes come with epilepsy. But Sarah has not…