The storm in Frank Taylor’s brain was subtle at first, without a clear cause.
About three years ago, there were unexplained headaches, bouts of forgetfulness, mood swings and depression.
A year later, the storm roared. He suffered a grand mal seizure at home. Taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, he says family told him he didn’t know who he was for two weeks. He was talking to deceased people and there was a slight chance he might not break the neurological stranglehold that kept him in limbo.
He was eventually discharged from the hospital and went to rehabilitation. The subsequent diagnosis was autoimmune encephalitis, a rare condition in which the body creates antibodies that attack the brain, creating inflammation that can produce seizures and other negative side effects affecting memory, mood, sleep and more.
About 4,000 people are affected by it each year in the U.S. Frank Taylor was one of them – emphasis on past tense with the help of Zehra Husain, MD, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Epilepsy Center. He received medication that stopped the autoimmune attack on his brain, and he was able to resume things such as driving and watching his young granddaughter.