I had my first seizure in March 2007, about a month before I turned 19 years old. I was attending a technical college at the time, pursuing a degree in aircraft maintenance. My plan was to eventually study aeronautical engineering in Florida and then try to get a job with NASA. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the aircraft maintenance program. I needed two more classes – a math class and a welding class – to get my degree. My seizures started in the hippocampus – the part of your brain that controls and directs memory – and they wiped out much of the schooling I’d received.Since the surgery to get the RNS System, I’ve seen a dramatic decrease in seizure frequency. I’ve gone from 30 or more grand mal seizures per month down to just four or five complex-partial seizures this past November – I very rarely have grand mal seizures now.