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Seizing Life

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Seizing Life, a CURE podcast hosted by Kelly Cervantes, aims to inspire empathy & give hope as we search for a cure for epilepsy. Together, we can find a cure. We can seize life.

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Seizing Life Highlights: Epilepsy Surgery

September 10th, 2020

17:07

What you should know about brain surgery for epilepsy from both the patient and physician perspective.

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All About Seizures: How Understanding Informs Treatment

August 12th, 2020

30:24

Seizures explained simply. Explore how they happen, why they look different from person to person, and why different treatments options work for different people.

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The “Invisible” Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

July 29th, 2020

27:44

After a military training accident, doctors worked tirelessly to fix this Marine’s hand. But the bigger consequence, the risk of post-traumatic epilepsy, went unnoticed.

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Seeing the Whole Person: Disability, Race, and Healthcare

July 15th, 2020

26:55

Sherri Brady tells us about the challenges of navigating the healthcare system as a black woman with a daughter who suffers from a rare neurological …

It’s Personal: Christin Godale’s Path to Epilepsy Research

July 1st, 2020

25:54

PhD candidate and aspiring epilepsy researcher Christin Godale shares her journey from hiding her epilepsy to becoming an advocate and pursuing a career in neuroscience.

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Growing Up and Gaining Independence with Epilepsy

June 17th, 2020

24:03

Talks between parents and children with epilepsy can be fraught with concerns and clashes over health, social life, and independence. This mother-daughter duo discusses how to communicate productively.

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Epilepsy and Mental Health: What You Should Know

June 3rd, 2020

28:16

The connection between epilepsy and mental health issues is well-established, but is not often addressed during initial diagnosis or evaluated throughout the course of treatment. In this episode, learn how you can …

Seizure Tracker™: Empowering the Community With Data

May 20th, 2020

28:43

Seizure Tracker is a free app that empowers patients to take an active role in their epilepsy management while making a positive impact on the …

No One Does It Alone: Finding Support to Navigate the World of Epilepsy Care

May 6th, 2020

25:09

For decades advocate and educator Pat Gibson has provided patients and families with information and resources to help navigate the unpredictable world of epilepsy care.

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Parenting, Epilepsy and COVID19

April 22nd, 2020

28:21

Hear how one mother is keeping her three children, one of whom has epilepsy, safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The post Parenting, Epilepsy and COVID19 appeared first on CURE Epilepsy.

NINDS and Its Role in Epilepsy Research

April 8th, 2020

20:11

Discover how NINDS funds epilepsy research and fosters collaboration towards cures from Program Director Dr. Vicky Whittemore.

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EEG Testing: Its Critical Role in Epilepsy Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research

March 25th, 2020

21:04

Learn about how EEG testing provides essential data for patients, doctors, and researchers battling epilepsy.

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From Lab to Clinic: Genetic Research Is Changing Epilepsy Treatment

March 11th, 2020

23:39

CURE Taking Flight Grantee Dr. Gemma Carvill explains how genetic research discoveries in the lab can lead to precision care in the doctor’s office.

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New Emergency Meds to the Rescue

February 26th, 2020

22:51

A leading expert discusses how two newly approved rescue medicines can help epilepsy patients, families, and caregivers in dire moments.

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Acting Globally to Fight Epilepsy

February 12th, 2020

20:15

Explore the impacts and complex challenges of addressing epilepsy in the developing world.

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Mike Adamle Tackles Life with PTE and CTE

January 29th, 2020

22:56

Mike Adamle was a fierce  competitor in both college football and the NFL.  Now, despite a formidable diagnosis, Mike fiercely tackles  life with …

What’s Your Plan? Seizure Clusters and Rescue Medications

January 15th, 2020

20:31

All epilepsy patients and their caregivers should have a seizure action plan, and for those prone to seizure clusters rescue medications are a vital …

The Best of Seizing Life

January 2nd, 2020

23:06

To celebrate the first year of the Seizing Life podcast, we take a look back at some of our favorite moments with unforgettable guests.

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Infantile Spasms: Know the Signs and Take Action (Rebroadcast)

December 4th, 2019

25:18

In honor of Infantile Spasms Awareness Week, we’re rebroadcasting an important episode on this severe pediatric epilepsy.

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Establishing Your New Normal with Epilepsy

November 20th, 2019

21:17

Listen to one woman’s story about how developing epilepsy can suddenly change your “normal” in drastic ways.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Brain Surgeon to Understand Epilepsy Research

November 6th, 2019

23:24

You don’t have to be a neuroscientist to understand epilepsy research.  Learn how people without a science background can be empowered by research.

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SUDEP: What You Need To Know (Rebroadcast)

October 23rd, 2019

26:31

In honor of SUDEP Action Day, we’re rebroadcasting an important episode of Seizing Life exploring Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), the risk factors, and ways patients, families, and caregivers can reduce the …

A Mind Unraveled (Rebroadcast)

October 9th, 2019

23:45

Author/journalist Kurt Eichenwald recounts the struggles and challenges he has faced due to uncontrolled seizures and the severe stigma and …

Shout from the Rooftops: Your Voice Can Help Find a CURE

September 25th, 2019

23:53

Kelly Cervantes sits in the guest seat to give fellow advocates tips on making a difference in the battle against epilepsy.

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Advocate Like a Champion: Spreading Epilepsy Awareness and Standing Up for Research

September 11th, 2019

20:17

Learn how this college student battles epilepsy stigma by speaking up and advocating like a champion.

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Growing Pains: Living with a Sibling with Epilepsy

August 28th, 2019

20:39

Find out how growing up around siblings with epilepsy shapes children’s lives.

The post Growing Pains: Living with a Sibling with Epilepsy appeared first on CURE Epilepsy.

Fight Stigma: You’re Never Too Young To Be a Hero

August 14th, 2019

20:03

Henry is a teen on a mission to battle epilepsy stigma and support organizations working toward a cure.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting…as a Woman with Epilepsy

July 31st, 2019

19:17

In this episode, learn about the family planning steps one mom took to safely manage her epilepsy while pregnant.

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Infantile Spasms: Know the Signs and Take Action

July 17th, 2019

25:18

Learn about infantile spasms, a severe form of epilepsy, and what steps to take if you think your baby is having seizures.

The post Infantile Spasms: Know the Signs and Take Action appeared first on CURE Epilepsy.

VNS: A Small Device Making a Big Difference

July 3rd, 2019

19:03

Discover how a small device which acts like a pacemaker for the brain can reduce, lessen the intensity, or eliminate seizures for some individuals …

My Condition Isn’t Generic: Why Changes to Insurance Coverage Matter

June 19th, 2019

26:09

What do you do if an insurance company decides to switch your seizure medication? Find out in this week’s episode.

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Food for Thought: The Keto Diet and Epilepsy

June 6th, 2019

27:30

Explore how the ketogenic diet can be used to control seizures in some individuals with epilepsy.

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Post-Traumatic Epilepsy: A Lasting Impact on our Veterans

May 29th, 2019

27:16

Seizures resulting from traumatic brain injuries continue to impact American veterans with epilepsy long after other combat wounds have healed.

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How Self-Contained Schools Can Help Special Needs Children

May 8th, 2019

26:57

Explore self-contained schools and discover why they are a great option for some students with severe disabilities.

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Epilepsy… It’s Complicated

April 24th, 2019

26:04

Despite 3.4 million Americans being impacted by epilepsy, the public still knows very little about this disorder. Discover the positive impact eliminating stigma can have on those with epilepsy.

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Epilepsy Summer Camp: Where Kids Can Be Kids

April 10th, 2019

21:48

Hear how a personal journey inspired a summer camp for kids with epilepsy.

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Epilepsy and College: How to Survive and Thrive

April 3rd, 2019

24:06

A college student with epilepsy offers advice on not only how to survive, but also thrive.

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School Nurse Shortages: The Challenges Students and Families Face

March 27th, 2019

21:11

Find out how one family impacted by epilepsy is affected daily by the national school nurse shortage.

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SUDEP: What You Need to Know

March 20th, 2019

26:31

Learn about Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and what preventative steps to take.

The post SUDEP: What You Need to Know appeared first on CURE Epilepsy.

Epilepsy Surgery: Is it right for you?

March 13th, 2019

24:26

Brain Surgery as an epilepsy treatment? Learn about what you should consider before you decide.

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CBD and Epilepsy: A Promising Treatment

March 6th, 2019

25:02

Discover why CBD can be an effective treatment for some forms of epilepsy with Dr. Laura Lubbers, Chief Scientific Officer at CURE.

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Epilepsy Genetics: Testing Can Make a Difference

February 27th, 2019

26:05

Hundreds of genes are associated with epilepsy, but what causes the variations in those genes which lead to this condition? And how do you know if you or your child are a candidate for genetic testing? Learn the answers …

Epilepsy and IEPs: Supermoms to the Rescue

February 20th, 2019

24:15

Discover how developing individualized education plans (IEPs) can help children with epilepsy and special needs thrive in the classroom.

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20+ Years of Impact: From the Kitchen Table to Cutting-Edge Research

February 13th, 2019

27:49

CURE Founder Susan Axelrod details how desperation lead her to reshape the epilepsy research and how the field has evolved since her organization …

A Mind Unraveled, a Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald

February 6th, 2019

23:45

Kurt Eichenwald tells his gripping story about living with intractable epilepsy, as well as what inspired him to write his book A Mind Unraveled.

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Inspiring Kindness and Sparking Friendships Through Empathy

January 22nd, 2019

23:10

In this episode, The Nora Project co-founder and executive director, Lauren Schrero discusses how to teach students to be compassionately curious about differences.

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Married with Children…with Epilepsy

January 22nd, 2019

Kelly speaks with her husband, Miguel, about navigating the challenges that come with raising a child with epilepsy and how they keep their marriage going strong.

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Welcome to Seizing Life

January 22nd, 2019

3:23

CURE Board Member Kelly Cervantes brings you inspirational and helpful stories about epilepsy, how it impacts lives, and the search for a cure.

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