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Lauren Axelrod Lives With Epilepsy

Doctors diagnosed epilepsy in David Axelrod's daughter, Lauren, when she was a baby. For nearly three decades, the family has fought to enable Lauren to live an independent life with the disease.  

Lauren at Home With Parents

Lauren Axelrod spends time with her parents, Susan and David.

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Sister Connelly

Sister Rosemary Connelly, the executive director of Misercordia, is seen with some of the residents of the Chicago-based home, which cares for people with developmental disabilities.

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Lauren With Sister Connelly

Sister Rosemary takes Lauren and some friends out for a stroll.

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Lauren Paints

Lauren, who now lives on her own at Misericordia, enjoys painting in her free time.

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White House Painting

Lauren's painting of the White House hangs in her father's West Wing office.

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Lauren Sings

Lauren also likes to sing.

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Treadmill

Lauren's favorite activity is working out. "I love the treadmill," she said.

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Out With the Parents

Lauren began taking an anti-convulsant drug known as Keppra about 10 years ago. Her seizures disappeared within days of taking the drug.

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Breakfast Time

Lauren enjoys healthy eating. She cooks, cleans and has plenty of friends.

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On the Dock

"I realize that what we gave her was the opportunity to have a life of her own," David Axelrod said, "and it's a wonderful thing."

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Green Dress

Although Lauren is healthy, the Axelrods know that her seizures could return at any moment.

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Smiling With Mom

Susan has created her own foundation, CureEpilepsy.org, which raises money for epilepsy research.

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Lauren Axelrod Lives With Epilepsy

Doctors diagnosed epilepsy in David Axelrod's daughter, Lauren, when she was a baby. For nearly three decades, the family has fought to enable Lauren to live an independent life with the disease.  

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