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 […]

Jacqueline and Cody: The Unbreakable Bond Between People and Seizure Alert Dogs

Jacqueline Dinicola brings Cody with her everywhere. The red merle Australian shepherd is her lifeline. Dinicola, 23, of Anza, Calif., was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 4, after a tonic-clonic seizure on Independence Day. She came to the epilepsy service dog world by chance, seeking a playmate for her dog Lola. From the start, Cody […]

The Greatest Conquest

He crested the peak like it was the last thing standing between him and paradise. His feet so blistered he could barely walk, still he’d made the climb, every last step of it. From atop Draupadi Ka Danda II in northern India, Siddharth Singh Kasana peered down at the world 5,700 meters below, his heart […]