In the U.S. alone, over 500 new cases of Epilepsy are diagnosed every day. This statistic is personal to our family. On August 29, 2006, our daughter, Sarah Morgan Fradkin, was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 6.
200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every year
After months of tests and trying different seizure medications, Sarah’s seizures decreased from hundreds each day to zero. Sarah was seizure-free for 3 years before the seizures started again on February 4, 2010. Since diagnosis, 16 different anti-convulsant medications and the modified ketogenic diet have failed. Nothing has been successful in controlling her seizures.
In April 2011, Sarah had multiple brain surgeries trying to identify where the seizures start. Unfortunately, the team of doctors were not able to locate the area of the brain where the seizures originate, so a resection of the area was not possible and Sarah continues to seize.
Epilepsy is as common as breast cancer and claims more lives each year.
Sarah began 6th grade this year and continues to have seizures on a daily basis. Sometimes these seizures can last up to 3 hours. For those of you learning about Sarah for the first time, please understand that Sarah is doing great when she is not seizing. She plays soccer, runs cross-country and participates in girl scouts. The problem is that when Sarah seizes, she misses hours of her life and this is not acceptable.