Five years ago, when Erika Pritchett was 13, her older sister had a grand mal seizure that left the family stunned and bewildered. It came out of the blue.
“We had no clue what was going on,” Erika said. “Her memory of that whole day was wiped out. It never came back.”
At first, doctors suspected a brain tumor but soon after it was determined that Michon, who was 16 at the time, was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Ruling out a brain tumor was a relief to the family, Erika said. “It was terrible that she had (epilepsy), but it was easier for our family to deal with than a brain tumor.”
Her sister’s ordeal was pivotal in Erika’s life, sparking her interest in the brain and how it works.