Managing Epilepsy Surgery with a Michigan State of Mind

If there’s something worth laughing about, Kathryn Hopcian will find it. The 27-year-old has been laughing through the pain for as long as she can remember. Even now, recovering from epilepsy surgery, she’s laughing. “It takes a lot to get me down,” she says. “This experience has shown me that even when I’m faced with […]

When Battling Epilepsy, ‘You Have to Save Your Own Life’

The banging came in frantic blasts, each more desperate than the last. Soles slamming against wood until it splintered, the man’s shouts growing shriller by the second. It was the sound of a distraught father kicking in the bathroom door. So loud was the commotion, it woke everyone in the house. But 20-year-old Gordonnay Gaines […]

Adult Onset Epilepsy: A Life Changed

The diagnosis hit in mid-May, casting a shadow over the spring like the long winter had never ended. Thirty years old, the doctorate in full swing, and then. They came out of nowhere. Two tonic-clonic seizures three weeks apart. The first in the shower, the second in an Indiana Cracker Barrel. Sara Kennedy (left) with […]

Shattering Epilepsy Stereotypes One Bath Bomb at a Time

In 2011, while Prince William and Kate Middleton were tying the knot in a wedding for the ages, 16-year-old Antonia Laviolette was having her first tonic-clonic seizure. She almost didn’t live to see another day. “I stopped breathing,” Laviolette says. “My mom shouted, ‘It’s not your time to go!’ That brought me back to life.” […]

Sharon: ‘More than a Seizure Disorder’

“I have goals, but it’s difficult to achieve them,” Sharon says. The 42-year-old mother of three from the outskirts of London is a rarity. Twelve years of epilepsy and its treatment have dulled her memory, yet she remains painstakingly self-aware. She treasures her self-awareness as she would an heirloom. After all, she’s worked hard to […]