Epilepsy Stories 2016

Juha Karjula – Living real dreams despite epilepsy

Juha Karjula, a 38 year-old kindergarten teacher, obtained his university Master’s degree despite having refractory epilepsy. He had a tonic-clonic seizure when he was a high school student. The diagnosis was given quite soon after the seizure, however the cause of his epilepsy is still unknown. The first antiepileptic drug did not stop his seizures,

February 6th, 2017|

Sasha Pina, USA

Sasha Pina lives in Las Vegas, Nevada USA and is 22 years old. Sasha was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2011 a year after a traumatic brain injury. She was diagnosed with complex partial, simple partial, and nocturnal seizures and also has auras before her seizures. She will sometimes only have auras with no seizure afterwards.

December 1st, 2016|

Jörn Sundström, Finland

There are six members in this Finnish-Swedish family living in a west-coast town called Kokkola. The father, Jörn Sundström (41) is estate agent and the mother, Eva Sundström (40) is an accountant (formerly a nurse). They fell in love as teenagers. Today there are four lovely children aged one, eight, 12 and 15 years. Jörn has had epilepsy since he

January 31st, 2016|

Claudia Medina, Chile

Julián, my son, was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2011, when he was 8-years-old. I remember it like it was yesterday: We were doing a math assignment, but he could not concentrate because he was worried about the outcome of a football match. All of the sudden, he became silent, looked at me and then began to

January 30th, 2016|

Katie Cooke, Ireland

Katie Cooke is an 18-year-old girl who suffers with an aggressive and refractory form of epilepsy and she experiences more than ten seizures with loss of consciousness every night and day. How has she become an athlete and big advocate for those suffering with epilepsy and brain illness in Ireland? With her sheer and unshakable

January 26th, 2016|

Claire, Scotland

Clare, now 20, was diagnosed with epilepsy aged 6. She had had an “unusual feeling”and had alerted her sister, Megan, who was able to see changes in Clare’s face. The doctors were unsure what was wrong until she had a seizure during an appointment, and a diagnosis of epilepsy followed. Clare has since been diagnosed

January 26th, 2016|

Anita Agah, Iran

This is the true story of a young girl who lives in Iran, called Anita, who, at the young age of 11 years decided that her English research project, which she would have to present to her classmates, would be to explain all about epilepsy. The catalyst for Anita's project is her mother, Farah Abbasi.

January 26th, 2016|