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Childhood epilepsy focus of area conference

It was at Albany Medical Center where Emma's condition was pinpointed.

She underwent 24-hour EEG monitoring. An MRI revealed her seizures were brought on by brain malformations.

Since the diagnosis, the Bantzes have sought treatment at eRiver Neurology in Poughkeepsie and the epilepsy program at Children's Hospital in Boston.

Through medical professionals, the family has learned to treat their daughter, but there is a long road ahead that treatment can't prepare them for, said Bantz.

The annual convention gives parents the opportunity to learn what works for their children. It's more than learning about what medications and treatment have worked, or not worked for others, it's also a chance to learn about how to cope with behavioral issues and learn strategies the help epileptic children cope, said Eisele.

The Pediatric Epilepsy Conference is Friday, Nov. 2,at the Italian American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Ext. in Albany from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is $10 for EFNENY members and $15 for nonmembers, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Reservations are required and maybe made by calling 456-7501.

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