Seizures And Pregnant

November is National Epilepsy Month. Here’s an extraordinary story of a mother whose seizures began when she was expecting her first baby girl. She had more than 100 seizures and they never stopped, until now.

Reading time is precious for Maggie Cannon. During her pregnancy with Ellie she had her first seizure. “When you have one it would lose oxygen to the baby." Maggie says the seizures didn't stop there. “After that it started happening when I was awake and just out of nowhere."

Maggie says she was bounced around from doctor to doctor. They kept giving her more medication. “At one point it was up to 11 a day.”

She finally hit her limit. Maggie emailed the Nebraska Medical Center after hearing about its epilepsy program. “It was my last cry for help." She was contacted right away and a plan was made. Maggie was going to have brain surgery.

Her family, knowing she was scared, threw her a “brain bash” to cheer her up. “They had gowns. One of them had a strainer on his head with pipe cleaners sticking out."

After eight years and more than 100 seizures, Maggie was ready for brain surgery. “They went right in through here. I was wrapped up like a mummy for awhile so you couldn't see it." And two surgeries later “not one seizure in over six months now. It's been great!"

Now, instead of constant worry, Maggie gets to enjoy the best moments, watching her girl's grow up.

If you would like more information on Epilepsy Wellness, check out the Web site LIFE stands for Lifestyle Innovations For Epilepsy. This site can direct you to services throughout Nebraska and western Iowa.

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