This running stopped her seizures. This is very rare. Most people
with epilepsy cannot do this. Diane had found the answer to her
problem. Sometimes she would run for hours and the seizures
would never come. Her family was worried.
What if she had a seizure outside? What if they couldn’t find her?
Luckily, nothing bad ever happened. She could always stop the
seizure by running.
But as time went on, the seizures started to come more quickly.
She would still feel the aura, but the seizure would come too fast.
She eventually didn’t have time to put her running shoes on.
Finally, she lost control of her seizures. They were becoming
more frequent and stronger. Sometimes Diane would have them
two or three times a week.
the seizures often. Sometimes Diane would have them two
or three times a week.
This was a very dangerous situation. The doctors said they could
take out a piece of her brain and maybe stop the seizures.
wanted to stop the seizures by taking out a piece of her
There was a three percent chance of dying from the operation,
but if she continued to have seizures there would be a ten
percent chance of dying over the next ten years. She was afraid,
but her decision was clear.
The doctors cut open her head and cut out a golf-ball-sized part
of her brain. The operation was a success. Diane’s seizures
Diane’s seizures stopped.
After her surgery she began to run again. At first she was just
running for fun. Then she decided to compete. To most people,
running a 42 km marathon is incredible.
Diane’s first race after her operation was 80 km. Her second race
was 160 km. Diane had found a new sport: long distance ultra
distance ultra running.