Living Well With Epilepsy Writers

The Living Well With Epilepsy™ team is redefining what it means to live well with epilepsy. Together this team of strong women provide the latest epilepsy information, including: news, style, fitness, and healthcare updates and personal stories, to our dedicated and influential readers around the world.

Jessica Keenan Smith, Founder

As Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Well With Epilepsy, Jessica brings a unique perspective to this leading epilepsy blog. She was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teen, after having several grand mal seizures. She has 20+ years experience in marketing. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Jessica also regularly … Read More

Landis Wiedner, Editor and Writer

Landis brings a humorous perspective to life with epilepsy. Diagnosed at 32 years old, she sheds light and laughs on managing a new life with seizures. A Chicago-based writer, Landis strives to create a touchstone for the chronically ill and those who support them. She is currently working on her funny memoir, My Brain Tumor’s Boyfriend.

Leila Zorzie, Writer

Leila’s Ideas focuses on stigma and epilepsy by blending social perspectives with her own experience.  Leila is a 20-something whose hobbies include dancing, trying new restaurants, and singing.  She was diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 8 and continues to be controlled on medication. Based in PA.  

Emily Donoghue, Writer

Emily’s Perspective is a snapshot of what life is like for a young woman living with Epilepsy and seizures. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy during my last year of primary school in 2006. It has been a challenge but it’s made me who I am. Based in UK.  

Maureen Knorr, Writer

Traveling with Epilepsy is a sometimes fun, sometimes scary, authentic look at what worldwide travel is really like when you live with epilepsy. Maureen Knorr has opened her suitcase to share her experiences with you. From having seizures in foreign countries to begging pharmacists that don’t speak English for medication, you will … Read More

Abby Gustus-Alford, Writer

Abby Gustus Alford was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 12 after having multiple grand mal seizures over a six-month period.  With a B.A. in Mass Communications from Purdue, and a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University, Abby works in commercial real estate industry, but spends all of her extra time … Read More

Rachel Ehrhardt, Writer

I come from a family of four and three of us each have a different form of Epilepsy. I started my advocacy life at sixteen being the first group of high school students asked by the Epilepsy Foundation to participate in Kids Speak Up in Washington D.C. to educate congress and legislators … Read More

Writers around the World

Writers from around the world contribute to Living Well With Epilepsy.