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May 13, 2019 · Living with epilepsy - Introduce yourself & meet others in Epilepsy & Seizures

I'm a 57 YO female living in So Iowa. I have had intractable epilepsy with Grand Mall Seizures for 16 years. After an extensive, expensive and discouraging journey to find answers, I decided to seek help from the Mayo Clinic in Nov of 2017. I was admitted to the inpatient testing unit at St Mary's and spent about 5 days there being video and e.e.g. monitored. After years of getting nowhere with the University of Iowa where a Nurse Practitioner had been handling my case for 12 of the 16 years, which I have no problem with, it's just that it had just became a rotation of med changes, VNS settings, and "see ya next time". My care at Mayo was beyond outstanding! Within the 1st 48 hours being admitted, a small area of scar tissue was discovered in my right temporal lobe. It seems like all hands were on deck to discuss this with me so that I understood my options available. I was given many choices and one was to join a current trial in place using Laser Ablation. I had my procedure in July of 2018. As of now I have not had another grand mal seizure. I couldn't be happier! The procedure itself was done in less than 3 hours for me and I went home the next day. What an amazing time we live in. God Bless all Neurology Doctors, Nurses and Staff!! You are amazing!