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Jennifer Gauthier of Alexandria has suffered from epilepsy since she was 14, and most epilepsy medication is not effective for her. With the passing of a new bill to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota, she hopes she’ll find some relief from her seizures. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

Medical marijuana offers hope for local woman with epilepsy

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It happened when she was only 14. During shop class, current Alexandria resident Jennifer Gauthier experienced a seizure, fell from a tall stool and cracked her head.


“The only thing worse than a headache and nausea after a seizure is that combined with a concussion,” Gauthier recalled.

She was brought to the hospital where the doctors performed EEGs and CT scans, she said. “And they told me, ‘Yes, you definitely have epilepsy.’”


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Jessica Sly
Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.
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