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Epilepsy Healing Stories

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No one can ever imagine the experience of having a child with epilepsy. Our daughter was a beautiful newborn when she had her first seizure. It was the scariest thing my husband and I had ever seen. The helpless cramping little body and her eyes staring into space broke our hearts. How we survived this daily ordeal is still a mystery to us. We did not get a first smile, any deep eye contact, or a little warm hand around our thumbs as we did with our other newborns. No medical test gave us a reason for her seizures. She was totally stoned from her medications.

After many hospitalizations with no progress, she began a neurological program that lessened her seizures. After we initiated a special diet, we took her off her seizure medications. We started to see some life in her eyes and heard her laugh. When we arrived at the Family Hope Center, we accepted her seizures as normal because her epilepsy had been so bad initially. My husband was very skeptical about CFT. Matthew Newell told us to be positive, and we let him do it. She had many treatment sessions over our three-day visit. We will never forget the next fifteen seizure-free days; we were in heaven when she woke up every morning so relaxed.

A wonderful neurological program, a healthy diet, a respiratory program, and CFT have yielded fantastic results. Her balance has improved, and she can now hold her fork for a whole meal. Her seizures are significantly smaller, and she is sleeping well at night. We are thankful to say that her biggest problem in life is no longer that she has epilepsy.



Our son has Darvet Syndrome, a severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy with generalized tonic seizures. When it started as fever cramps that developed into seizures, we tried many medications with unsatisfactory results. His growth stagnated, and he lost many cognitive and motor skills, typical of a child with this syndrome.

When his doctors said nothing more could be done, my husband and I searched for new treatments. I traveled from our home in Scandinavia to Cyprus to do an amino acid program for him. We stopped after a year because the results were unsatisfactory. We traveled to a famous brain-injury clinic in America and saw some neurological progress after five years in their program.

The biggest changes took place recently at the Family Hope Center. They taught us about brain function in a comprehensible way. Their team gave our son many CFT sessions, and they presented a new home neurological program. As a result, his overall progress has been excellent. He improved 558% in all categories of neurological measurement from his initial visit. We achieved 21 days without seizures, the longest period in his life. That was a big victory for us. Now, we continue to work with him to improve his quality of life.



At fifteen months of age doctors diagnosed our son with an infantile spasm when he cramped severely. When he was seven, he had concentration and attention difficulties at school. Later, he withdrew from social contacts and functioned best with only one friend at a time.

Two months later his first epileptic attack occurred, and they increased in frequency over the next two years. Pharmaceuticals created a child who was too far out of reach, and his neurological development ceased. We stopped most of the medicines on our own, removed dairy products and gluten from his diet, and gave him healthy oils. He did some creeping and crawling and went to a local chiropractor in Denmark. At that time doctors diagnosed him with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a severe form of epilepsy.

We just had our first visit at the Family Hope Center this year. We have been doing the complete program for three months and anticipate a brighter future. He still has some seizures, but he now has days when he is bright, fresh, and attentive. He is fully co-operating in his program because his wish is to be a normal boy, who is free of epilepsy.



Written by Dr. Barry Gillespie © Gillespie Approach