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BrainThunders.com is the brainchild, literally, of Alysse Mengason.
Alysse has lived with Epilepsy for nearly 7 years. A former broadcast journalist for 10 years, she left on-air work in 2000 to pursue corporate communications, media relations and media training only to be stopped short by encephalitis and meningitis in January 2003. After surviving a coma for more than 3 weeks, she woke up to extreme memory loss, failed cognitive skills and Epilepsy. Engaged to her now husband at the time, Alysse had no knowledge of the fact that she was indeed engaged to be married, let alone who she was engaged to. She had no recollection of her change in careers. After more than 9 months of rehabilitation and therapy,
Alysse returned to her career in corporate communications and began to live life with Epilepsy.
Now, 7 years later, 5 brain surgeries later (including a Vagus Nerve Stimulator-VNS implant), a wife (yes, she married that guy she forgot!) and mother of a pre-schooler, Alysse lives in suburban Detroit with her family. A staunch supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan and the Epilepsy Foundation of America, Alysse has made several media appearances to speak on living with Epilepsy and managing her illness. In early summer 2009, she appeared on an episode of The Doctors syndicated TV show to speak about living with Epilepsy and the VNS implant. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan’s Flame of Hope Community Service Award. She speaks regularly at conferences and gatherings of those with Epilepsy and their families. Alysse suffers between 5 and 15 seizures each week.