Testimonials: Karmen

"The prospect of VNS Therapy gave me something that I had not had in a very long time, and that was hope."

"Some of the first improvements that my family noticed was that I was much more willing to get up in the morning and I would not sleep away the entire weekend, that I would actually be present for a little while longer.

"The initial side effects that I felt with VNS Therapy diminished over time. It's just a part of me; I no longer think about it or feel it.

"With VNS Therapy my entire life felt brighter, and lighter. I was not constantly worried; I was looking forward to activities, everyday activities. I looked forward to going to work, I looked forward to weekends, get-togethers with family and friends; I looked forward to next month, and I looked forward to the future.

"VNS Therapy continued to improve my quality of life. Gradually through the years I was able to cut back on the number of medications I was taking and on the dosage amounts that I was taking. I was able to concentrate on larger projects; I was able to take on more responsibility, both at work and at home.

"To talk about my life now versus before it, I don't recognize myself. I have a wonderful marriage, where it was quite strained, I have a beautiful baby girl, I'm able to take care of my daughter, myself, my husband, we have a house I can take care of. I don't need to rely on other people for everything, to get me ready, to get me dressed—I can take care of myself."

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"I would become hopeful when a new drug or a new drug combination would begin to work, and then just become very frightened and very frustrated and very angry when I could feel them start to lose their effectiveness.

"I first heard about VNS Therapy during a support group session.

"The implant procedure was easier than I ever could have hoped for. Following the implant procedure, I was walking around the nurse's desk. I went home shortly thereafter. There was some discomfort, of course, but nothing that I could not bear, and I returned to work within a few days.

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The VNS Therapy System is indicated for use as an adjunctive therapy in reducing the frequency of seizures in adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with partial onset seizures, which are refractory to antiepileptic medications.

VNS Therapy (or the VNS Therapy System) is indicated for the adjunctive long-term treatment of chronic or recurrent depression for patients over the age of 18 who are experiencing a major depressive episode and have not had an adequate response to four or more adequate antidepressant treatments.