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Rochester woman shares experience of dealing with epilepsy

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Heather Moe's experience with seizures started at a young age.

"Before I was diagnosed, I scared other people," said Moe.

Later in life she was officially diagnosed with epilepsy, a disorder that affects around 5 million people in America according to the Center for Disease Control. From there, things only got worse.

"When I was pregnant with my second daughter, my seizures were just out of control," said Moe.

Moe's history of complex partial seizures led her to move from Dodge County to Rochester to go to Mayo Clinic and see an epileptologist, a doctor who specializes in epilepsy. She decided to get surgery on a part of her brain to control her epilepsy, but while her seizures have stopped, she has experienced some complications.

"The surgery really affected my memory because I had seizures that were out of control for so many years," said Moe.

Since the surgery, Moe has had difficulty learning and remembering any new information, such as names and places. While Moe has been able to raise her two daughters and hold down a full time job at the Charter House since the surgery, she still realizes how much harder life can be for her than for others around her.

"My co-workers go up in their lives and go to school to achieve things, and I'm not gonna be able to do that," said Moe. "I just stay where I'm at."

Despite her struggles with memory, Moe is still grateful for Mayo Clinic and for the doctors who changed her life.

"I still have Mayo Clinic to help me, so I still have that and I still have my daughters and I have an apartment to live in," said Moe.

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