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Patients Life stories epilepsy Alexander

Spotlight on Alexander (the Netherlands)

I've always been interested in how the brain works. I became a professor of clinical neurophysiology and worked with people living with epilepsy. Then, after a bicycle accident when I was 61, I had a brain condition of my own. I had surgery on subdural hematomas in my brain and developed epilepsy afterwards.

After studying epilepsy for decades, it was difficult for me to adjust to the fact that I was now a patient rather than the doctor. I´ve grown to understand so much more deeply how the uncertainty of epilepsy affects people.

As an Epilepsy Advocate I share my experience and encourage understanding about living well with epilepsy.

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From doctor to patient, I´ve seen epilepsy from both sides.