IAMA 22 year old woman who recently had part of my brain surgically removed. AMA!
Hi there, reddit!
Last summer, I began to experience sensations of combined déjà vu, nausea and hot flashes. It was a mystery, until August 5th, when I suffered a major tonic-clonic ("grand mal") seizure. I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy.
From then on, we understood that the episodes I was having were actually seizures themselves, but generally lacked unconsciousness and convulsions.
I got a great doctor at the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center. After a year of unsuccessful treatment by four medications, the department of neurology accepted my request for surgery, and on December 16th this year I had an operation to remove the temporal lobe, amygdala, and hippocampus in the right hemisphere of my brain. I'm going through the recovery period now, but will be several more weeks until I'm back to normal.
So ask me anything! I'm an open book. Fire away!
EDIT: It's been three days and I've answered countless questions, read countless stories and encouragements, and smiled a lot of smiles!
Thank you for allowing me to share my story.... And have a happy New Year!