Sometimes, Brette Garnatz tells people the scars on her neck were caused by a cougar attack.
“And some people believe it,” the 28-year-old Lakeside resident said with a grin.
In fact, the narrow scars were caused not by an animal but by a surgeon’s knife. Garnatz had outpatient surgery in 2009 and again last year for placement of a device that brought her frequent epileptic seizures and debilitating side effects from medications to an end.
Married to a teacher and about to begin nursing school at Lake Superior College, Garnatz is one of about 65 million people worldwide with epilepsy, a condition characterized by recurrent seizures.