Seizure-free Childhood for Afton

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Support Afton's fight for a seizure-free childhood!

Afton is our charming, smart, and beautiful daughter.  She loves to play outside, draw, and is learning a lot in preschool.

Afton also has intractable focal epilepsy with right mesial temporal sclerosis. She has frequent seizures that cannot be adequately controlled with medication and has an atrophied right hippocampus and abnormal anterior right temporal lobe.  This type of epilepsy usually presents itself in teens or adults, not toddlers.  Afton had her first seizure cluster, brought on by illness, at only 13 months old.

We believe our daughter, with your support and the right medical treatment can have a chance at a seizure-free childhood. Your donation will help cover the high expense of neurosurgery:  hospital stays and doctor visits, tests like MRIs and EEGs, medicine, travel expenses, and loss of income while caring for our child.  

Thank you for your support. Please donate what you can and share Afton's story widely with your friends and on social media. 

Your help will make a critical difference in Afton's life.

Catherine McMullen & Michael Barton
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Six Months Seizure-Free!

Afton continues to do great and today we celebrated six months seizure-free with a photo, lunch out, and looking for crawdads in the Molalla River.

Thank you for your support and helping us reach this healthy outcome for our Afton.

Catherine & Michael

Happy Day!
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Three months seizure free and doing awesome! Afton continues to amaze us and is doing great on her path to recovery. Today marks three months seizure free, may the days keep stacking up!

Afton has started to write her name and her vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds. She had a three-month post -surgery sedated MRI and final check up with her neurosurgeon this week. Everything looked great.

Dr. Selden told us that he was here if we needed him in the future, but to "send me her graduation announcement and let me know where she's going to college." No more MRIs needed at this point either. Great news!

In September Afton will have her next check-up with her neurologist, Dr. Roberts. At that point we'll talk about reducing her preventative medication a little bit and schedule a post-surgery neuropsychological evaluation.

We don't plan to post another update until she hits that six month mark in September. Have a wonderful summer everyone!

-Catherine & Michael
Mout Rainer National Park in May
3 month post-surgery MRI check-up June
Relaxing at the Park
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Two Months Seizure-Free!

Today marks 2 months seizure-free for Afton. We are hopeful for our little girl's continued success.

In the last month her medication has been dropped back down to pre-surgery levels. Any medication changes always take a few weeks for Afton to adjust to and it's been a little tough for her recently. We are so pleased to get back to pre-surgery levels of her medication.

Smart. Strong. Sweet. and Spunky. That's our Afton!

-Catherine & Michael
Exploring.
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Brother and Sister.
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We have reached our fundraising goal of $15,000 for a seizure-free childhood for Afton! A big thank you to each of you for your kindness, support, and generosity. We have not been alone on this journey any step of the way. Thank you!
Catherine & Michael
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Ron Green
49 months ago
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I don't know what state you live in, but have you investigated high CBD cannabis oil?

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Rene'e Crowell
41 months ago
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A heartfelt thank you as Afton's grandmother to everyone that has donated and sent her well wishes and prayers. Your generosity is so appreciated by her family. Thank you so much! ❤️

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Rene'e Crowell
43 months ago
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Our Afton is in good hands with you both as her loving parents and her team of talented doctors. Good luck on this journey and remember I am with you, even though I can't be there. Lots of love, mom❤️

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Faye Lambert
44 months ago
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Thank you for the pictures and updates.

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Faye Lambert
45 months ago
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She's a beautiful little butterfly!

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Naomi Kalman
46 months ago
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Re: Update #23: your face says it all, Catherine. Sending our good thoughts along with everyone else. Please thank Afton for the lovely picture.

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Faye Lambert
46 months ago
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Thank you, I appreciate your updates, my heart goes out to her and your family.

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Faye Lambert
47 months ago
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My prayers are always with you Afton. All this will be behind you one of these days, keep us posted.

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Every little bit helps : ) So glad Afton is doing so well after her surgery.

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Afton's face is one I always love seeing on my FB feed.

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Ron Green
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I don't know what state you live in, but have you investigated high CBD cannabis oil?

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Rene'e Crowell
41 months ago
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A heartfelt thank you as Afton's grandmother to everyone that has donated and sent her well wishes and prayers. Your generosity is so appreciated by her family. Thank you so much! ❤️

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Rene'e Crowell
43 months ago
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Our Afton is in good hands with you both as her loving parents and her team of talented doctors. Good luck on this journey and remember I am with you, even though I can't be there. Lots of love, mom❤️

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Faye Lambert
44 months ago
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Thank you for the pictures and updates.

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Faye Lambert
45 months ago
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She's a beautiful little butterfly!

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Naomi Kalman
46 months ago
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Re: Update #23: your face says it all, Catherine. Sending our good thoughts along with everyone else. Please thank Afton for the lovely picture.

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Faye Lambert
46 months ago
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Thank you, I appreciate your updates, my heart goes out to her and your family.

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Faye Lambert
47 months ago
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My prayers are always with you Afton. All this will be behind you one of these days, keep us posted.

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