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Jody believed he was having panic attacks, but he was actually dealing with undiagnosed epilepsy and seizures.
He says he was experiencing sensations as if something was about to go wrong and attributed it to panic attacks, but a particularly intense moment came when he felt as though he was going to die while attending a family party. He lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered he has epilepsy.
He was put on multiple anti-epileptic medications, but the meds did not work on Jody. His doctors feared if the seizures continued they would become worse and affect more areas of his brain, and surgery was recommended. He had two 4 centimeter portions of his brain removed and thankfully the surgery was a success.
Before his surgery, Jody tells The Doctors his seizures had begun affecting his memory and there were times when he would forget which side of the street he lived on. Post-surgery he has noticed changes in himself like being more talkative, having more empathy, and he feels less anxious.
And the biggest change following brain surgery -- "I don't fear the same fear of my inevitable death," he says, explaining it used to be something he focused on every day and led to constant anxiety. Now, it is as though he has no fear at all.
Epileptologist and neurologist Dr. Manisha Holmes, who treated and performed surgery on Jody, explains she and her team were able to remove the portion of the brain that was causing Jody his extreme anxiety and shares he has remained seizure-free and off seizure meds for 4 years since undergoing his remarkable surgery.
Dr. Holmes details just how life-changing Jody's surgery has been. "Seizures can be really debilitating for people and really anxiety-provoking because they are very unpredictable. You don't know when they are going to happen, who you are going to be around. You may lose control of your behavior and that is really concerning for patients. So being seizure-free really alleviates a lot of that burden."