Children's Hospital Colorado

The Connection Journey: Epilepsy


Madeleine (Maddie)

Maddie and her parents, Deanna and Chris, thought she may never be able to drive, bike or even cross the street by herself because of her seizures. But then she had epilepsy surgery in 2015.



Lianna has so many seizures that she can never be alone, even in her own backyard. Her parents, Cordelia and Randy, and brother, Noah, hope that her upcoming surgery will help reduce or eliminate her seizures so she can experience the freedom of being a teenager.


Our pediatric experts can tell families a lot about their child's new diagnosis and the treatment to come. One thing they can't often tell them: how they will feel.

That's why we connected a family approaching epilepsy surgery with a family who's been there – to answer questions, to shed light and to offer hope – from diagnosis to surgery to recovery. These conversations heal. Watch them in the journey on the following pages.

The journey in stages

1. Epilepsy diagnosis

It's never easy to learn your child has a serious condition like epilepsy. Learn how our families found a path of hope.

2. Epilepsy treatment

Some children with epilepsy are candidates for epilepsy surgery. Listen in as Maddie and her family shares about their experience.

3. Living with epilepsy

Preparing for the day of epilepsy surgery can be nerve racking, but it's important to also think about life after the procedure. Watch as Maddie and her family share what her life was like after epilepsy surgery.

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Patient stories

Read more stories of courage and healing from patients with different neurological conditions.

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Helpful resources

Discover tools and resources designed to support families who have children with epilepsy.

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"It's like a new life – a fresh start."

Maddie, patient who experienced epilepsy surgery
Maddie and her mom sit on a couch with Lianna and her mom, sharing how epilepsy surgery has changed their lives.


Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.