According to UHN

Epilepsy is a neurological condition caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that affects about one in every 100 Canadians,

Some people might have a scar on their brain from birth, but it can take many years for it to manifest itself in the form of epilepsy.”

Brooke admits she knew very little about until five years ago when she started to develop strange symptoms, including dizziness, light-headedness and an unusual sense of smell. She didn’t know it at the time, but Brooke was experiencing complex partial seizures.

“I compare (the seizures) to daydreaming. I would feel light-headed. You almost get lost in a thought and then you snap out of it and pull yourself back together,” says Brooke, “In my mind it was only a blip and I figured no one noticed. But externally, people around me would see it happen.


Brooke with electrodes Brooke and Myles


She developed anxiety about her seizures, which were occurring between two and five times a month, and then in October, 2014, spent a week in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), where video and EEG recordings were utilized to pinpoint the location of her seizure activity. Brooke had electrodes placed deep in her brain to monitor seizure activity in a procedure called intracranial monitoring.

Six months after her surgery she learnt that she was pregnant “The first thing I though was, ‘Thankfully I went through all that before I got pregnant.’ But then I was a little worried, since I was still recovering. I wanted to do everything I could to have a healthy baby.

Brooke Ridgeway



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