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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    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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