The idea that we can implant a Star Trek-type device that will detect seizures and interrupt them without causing injury is entirely new. And exciting. And scary.
Especially for those people with epilepsy who have seizures that begin at one focal point in the brain, but aren't appropriate for epilepsy surgery.
Brain stimulation, for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease and essential tremor, has now been shown to offer significant relief to patients with intractable seizures for whom drugs and other treatments have not worked.
That is the major discovery in this first-of-its-kind study of responsive electric brain stimulation in adults with "medically refractory," epilepsy.
All of us have dreams. Some become reality and some stay in our imaginations.
For me, writing was my "dream". And it became a reality when I discovered a way I could write without starving.
Not with photography. Although I was enthusiastic about it (and pretty good, I even taught 5th graders, which was a blast), I knew I'd never be a Brassai or Ansel Adams.
Third, there was the dream of becoming a ballerina. No competition for Margot Fonteyn, because when I twirled and swirled, the result was not pretty, passed out on the floor. (I had epilepsy, but that didn't diminish my dream)
How about you? What have you dreamed or achieved beyond your wildest dreams?