November 29, 2018
After suffering debilitating seizures for decades, Jessica Rostock – nursing student, wife and mother – underwent surgery at The University of Kansas Health System to remove part of the frontal lobe of her brain to eliminate epilepsy. Now 18 months after surgery, Jessica is seizure-free and living life to the fullest. Here, she reflects on her experience and new lifestyle, and offers encouragement for others seeking lasting treatment for epilepsy.
Are you happy with the results of your surgery?
I am very happy with the surgery results. I am cured! I have no seizures.
Before I sought care at The University of Kansas Health System, I had been treated for epilepsy for 32 years. I was treated with a variety of medications with varied results. Exhausted and frustrated by the lack of lasting treatments, I looked to The University of Kansas Health System. I found Dr. Patrick Landazuri, and he was the best help I ever had. He and Dr. Paul Camarata together found a cortical dysplasia in my frontal lobe, a birth defect I had had for my entire life. Despite multiple MRIs in my lifetime, no one else had ever seen it. Once the team here discovered the cause of my epilepsy, they were able to remove it.
I feel so lucky and thankful to have found help here.