How Our Family Overcame Doubts with Epilepsy

Rick is sharing her son Jamie's epilepsy story
Jamie Hood
Parent of a Child with Epilepsy
Friday, November 5, 2021

My son, Rick, was diagnosed with epilepsy on September 15, 2015. After multiple medications failed to control his seizures and his seizures became more intense, Rick went through several months of testing. It was a terrifying experience for our family.

In 2018, Rick had seven internal electrodes inserted into his brain to pinpoint the starting point of his seizures. One week later, he had five more electrodes inserted. After 11 days in the hospital, all the electrodes were surgically removed, and we were sent home. The doctors decided to move forward with laser ablation surgery in April, which went well. We were sent home the next day.

In May of 2018, Rick had a seizure, but he has now been seizure-free for more than two years.

The biggest challenge was convincing people that surgery was the correct path for Rick. We overcame the doubts with our own research and help from our healthcare team.

Since his experience, Rick has become an advocate for the hospital that provided life-changing treatment.

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