Karen's personal journey has led to applying her accounting expertise to guide families through medical & disability-related tax issues
Karen has lived with epilepsy for over 30 years. She developed epilepsy at the young age of 11 months and went through many years of drug trials, misdiagnoses and testing. In 2008, she had brain surgery and was blessed to become seizure free. After her surgery, Karen developed clinical depression with no hope for recovery. It took her just over three years to beat the diagnosis and to return to life supporting others with epilepsy and gradually return to her career as a professional accountant.
Karen works with others with epilepsy using her training in neuro-linguistic programming and coaching to help guide and encourage others to "fight the fight" and to seek new ways to cope with the psychological side effects of epilepsy. Epilepsy is not "just" seizures, and after living with it for over 30 years, Karen realized how important it is to have support and encouragement to live life to the fullest.
Karen gives back to the epilepsy community through various fundraising events throughout the year. Since 2008, Karen along with the support of her family and friends has raised over $147,000 for Epilepsy Awareness and Research.