Women Succeeding with Epilepsy

Building a Family While Living with Epilepsy
Sixteen years ago, Heather Evrly was working her way through college when she was diagnosed with epilepsy. At that point, she couldn't imagine dating, let alone getting married or having children.


Navigating life with epilepsy can present many challenges, particularly for women. Whether a woman has epilepsy or cares for a loved one, she often has to balance epilepsy with her responsibilities as a mother, wife and healthcare decision maker for the family.

The "Women Succeeding with Epilepsy" video series highlights the stories of two women who are living well with epilepsy. Their stories will both educate and inspire you.

Watch the videos below for information on epilepsy, expert advice and more.

  • Introduction
    Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, Executive Director of HealthyWomen, previews "Women Succeeding with Epilepsy"—an educational program and video series.
  • Women and Epilepsy
    Epilepsy specialist Blanca Vazquez, MD, explains epilepsy, how it is treated and how it uniquely affects women.
  • Helping Your Child Become an Independent Young Adult
    Shelley Kays' daughter Alyssa was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of six. Now, after years of encouraging Alyssa to believe in herself, Shelley and her husband are proud—and nervous—that their daughter is moving away from home to attend a four-year university.
  • Take Action! Live Life on Your Terms
    Executive Director of HealthyWomen Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, Heather Everly, Shelley Kays and Blanca Vazquez, MD share their top tips for living well with epilepsy.
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