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Hoover woman begins new life, career journey after epilepsy diagnosis

November 26, 2019 | By |

Sara Franklin had her world shaken in August 2018 — literally.

The Hoover native and new mother was asleep in her home in the Kirkman Preserve community when she, for the first time in her life, experienced what is known as a tonic clonic seizure, sometimes called a grand mal seizure.

Her husband, Drew, woke up to her convulsing in the middle of the night and immediately called 911. She was unconscious during the seizure, which lasted 5 to 10 minutes, and Hoover paramedics recommended she go to the emergency room.

Doctors determined it was probably a one-time event, but recommended she see a neurologist for further testing. An MRI and electroencephalogram (EEG) found nothing alarming, but in November, Franklin experienced some partial seizures, where she had a blank stare, laughed and didn’t respond for about 30 seconds.

It was then that doctors determined she has epilepsy, a neurological disorder associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The diagnosis changed her life and her career path.

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Original article published by Hoover Sun on 11/19/19.