When Mary Houser was 13-years-old she began having seizures. A year later, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and for years after that she and her doctor tried to manage her disease with different medications. But nothing seemed to work. Her epilepsy was gradually getting worse and she had to stop swimming and playing sports.
When Mary was in her 20s, she decided to see an epilepsy specialist - Dr. Maria Sam at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Dr. Sam sent her to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for a full evaluation. When her tests came back, Mary was told she was a good candidate for epilepsy surgery.
Mary’s surgery was a success – since then her tests have shown no signs of epilepsy. Mary describes her life before surgery as being in a daze. She was constantly watching the clock, making sure she took her pills exactly on time to maintain “normal.” But now, “To be normal not taking any pills is just amazing.”