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Shaun's Story
 
There is hope. I lived without it for two decades until an unforseen turn of events gave me the chance to maybe live without the complex partial seizures that had been ruling my life since mid adolescence.

My seizures were intractable. I couldn't take many medications because I was allergic to them. Finally we found one that worked, and I was seizure free for a couple of years. I gained my driver's license and had reasonable freedom in my life...

Until I started having breakthrough seizures. True, they only happened once a month or so instead of ten a day like they were before medication, but my hard-earned freedom went away.

I'm lucky, however.

When my wife was doing some online research for me regarding my rights at work, she followed some links and discovered a procedure developed by a team of doctors in San Francisco. We talked it over with my neurologist and she was enthusiastic about it. To make a long story short, on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, I underwent a selective amygdula-hippocampectomy. They located the spot in my right temporal lobe where my seizures were originating and were able to remove it.

It has now been nearly three years since surgery and I have been seizure free the entire time. I even got my driver's license back.

There is much more to my story, and it continues even to today. To read more about me and my journey, read my journal at:

http://saklopfenstein.livejournal.com/

Thank you, and good luck. Always remember:

There is hope.
 
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Shaun Klopfenstein - Fremont, CA