Gabrielle Foote is 33 years old and a stay-at-home mom who is attending ASU for biomedical sciences. She has a supportive husband of 4 years and a 1-year-old daughter. Gabrielle was officially diagnosed with epilepsy at age 16. However, it is believed she has had epilepsy her entire life.
The testing that was used to diagnose her was an EEG and MRI. Since the age of 16, Gabrielle has had a yearly EEG and sporadic MRIs or CT scans. EEGs are the main form of testing to monitor her brainwaves to verify if she still has epilepsy.
There are many difficult aspects of epilepsy. However, one that Gabrielle and many others suffer from is being medicated, but not seizure-free. It took a great neurologist in Anchorage, Alaska to help Gabrielle get on the right type of medication and to be seizure-free with medication at age 22. This was the first time since being diagnosed that she was seizure-free.
Now, Gabrielle is an advocate for individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders. She has an Instagram (@liveforeacure) devoted to education, encouragement, and building a community. She has also taught many employees at various companies the basics about epilepsy with a focus on how to care for an individual having a seizure.
One in 24 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. This is why she is passionate about having everyone better understand epilepsy and seizure disorders. Gabrielle knows that this is part of the plan God has laid out for her. She is grateful for the continual opportunities to walk this path and bring awareness to others.
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